was sold at the 2004 Crossroads Charity Guitar Auction for a price of $847,500.
3) Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’ Stratocaster
‘Blackie’ is Clapton’s most famous guitar, which he used for both live performances and recording sessions from 1973 until 1985. Claiming “I feel that that guitar has become part of me”, Clapton eventually retired the model in 1985 in favour of the newly-designed Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster.
This legendary instrument is one of the few guitars to be known by its nickname alone, and was sold at the Crossroads Charity Guitar Auction at Christies in 2004 for a price of $959,500.
2) Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Stratocaster
Hendrix’s most iconic appearance came at Woodstock in August 1969, when he performed an incendiary version of the Star Spangled Banner using his white 1968 Fender Stratocaster.
The guitar was first sold during a Sotheby’s auction in 1990, for a then-record price of £198,000 to the Italian collector Gabriele Ansaloni. Ansaloni then later sold the guitar to the Microsoft co-founder and renowned Hendrix collector Paul Allen in 1993, in a private sale believed to be worth $1.3 million.
Today the guitar takes the pride of place at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.
1) Reach out to Asia Signed Fender Stratocaster
The world’s most expensive guitar may not have a famous history, but it probably has the most signatures. The Fender Stratocaster was donated to the Reach Out to Asia charity auction held in 2005 to help victims of the Asian Tsunami.
Featuring the signatures of rock ‘n’ roll royalty including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Paul McCartney and many others, it was eventually sold for a price of $2.7 million.
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