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THE 1967 SGT. PEPPER BASS DRUM SKIN

The iconic bass drum skin was used on the front cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It sold for £541,250 at auction.
Auction house Christie’s had estimated that the hand-painted skin would sell for around £150,000, but it sold for almost four times that! ... July 2008
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A BEATLE'S CUSTOM BUILT
1966 VOX GUITAR

custom-made semi hollow body electric guitar built for and played by John Lennon and George Harrison
A custom-made semi hollow body electric guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction on Saturday November 18th 2013 for $408,000
. The VOX guitar was a prototype instrument custom-built for John Lennon in 1966, who gave the VOX guitar as a gift in 1967 to Yanni "Magic Alex" Mardas, the electronics engineer for the band's Apple Records label. George Harrison played the instrument, while practicing "I Am The Walrus" and John Lennon used it in a video session for the song "Hello, Goodbye"; b
oth songs were on the Beatles' 1967 album "Magical Mystery Tour"
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JAMES JAMERSON'S
GERMAN UPRIGHT BASS
photo: German upright bass
Jamerson Sr. bought his famed German Upright Bass in 1957 and played it on many Motown hits including "Heat Wave," "Jimmy Mack," "Where Did Our Love Go," "My Guy," "The One Who Really Loves You," "Mickey's Monkey," "A Place in the Sun" and "It Takes Two." just to mention a few. This piece of musical history went for auction in April 7 2004 at 27th annual Dallas Guitar Show and Music Fest 2004. SOLD:16324: Motown Bassist James Jamerson's German Upright Bass: $197,500/£100,400
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"LADY BLUNT" STRADIVARIUS

In June 2011 the Japanese music foundation, Nippon, sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for $16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster relief - setting the new world record for the most expensive musical isntrument sold at auction. An anonymous bidder paid £9,808,000 ($15,894,000, 11,076,000 euros) for the 1721 "Lady Blunt" Stradivarius, over four times the previous auction record for a Stradivari violin.
The exquisite instrument was owned for 30 years by Lady Anne Blunt, granddaughter of the celebrated English poet Lord Byron, and is "in much the same condition as when it left its maker's hands," expert W.E. Hill said.
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SWAROVSKI STUDDED STEINWAY

In 2010,
Steinway & Sons along with CrystalRoc unveiled the John Lennon Imagine Series Limited Edition piano. The two firms teamed up for the fully crystallized, custom-built grand pianos. Every piano in the collection is unique and comes festooned with over a million Swarovski crystal elements. The colour and design of the crystallization will be done to suit the liking of each individual client. The piano comes in three sizes and pricing for these sparkling pianos starts at £495,000 (about $800,000).

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THE
WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE GUITAR
This signed Fender Stratocaster is the most valuable guitar in the world
A Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by a host of music legends fetched US$2.7 million (then £1.57 million) at a charity auction for "Reach Out To Asia" at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha, Qatar, on November 17, 2005. The signing of the guitar was arranged by Bryan Adams who planned the project to raise money for the victims of the Tsunami. The guitar was signed by Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Paul McCartney, Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Sting, Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler, Angus & Malcolm Young, Ray Davies, Noel & Liam Gallagher, Def Leppard, as well as Bryan Adams himself.
source check ~ The Guinness Book Of Records

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KIETH MOON'S DRUMKIT

This part of the custom-made 1968 kit for The Who's drummer, "Moon the Loon" — escaped his penchant for destruction and realized £139,650 in a 2004 auction by Christie's London making them most expensive drums
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"BLACKIE"
"Blackie," Stratocaster guitar
At the time Eric Clapton's prized "Blackie" Stratocaster became the most expensive guitar ever to sell at auction when it went on the block at the Christie's Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Auction in June 2004 fetching $959,500 . The entire collection went for a total of $7.44 million. Proceeds of the sale benefited the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, an addiction treatment center Clapton established in 1998.
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A PAUL McCARTNEY EARLY GUITAR
Rex Acoustic
The guitar on which Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London's Abbey Road Studios, July 2006. The instrument, was sold by Sir Paul's school friend Ian James, who will use the money for his retirement. The Rex acoustic guitar helped Paul persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957, when he impressed Lennon by playing songs and chords on it at a Liverpool fete. Sir Paul provided a letter of authenticity that was given to American buyer Craig Jackson: "The above guitar, belonging to my old school pal Ian James, was the first guitar I ever held. It was also the guitar on which I learned my first chords in his house at 43 Elswich Street, Liverpool 8."
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THE "BONJOUR" CELLO

"Bonjour," Stradivarius cello
The "Bonjour," Stradivarius cello was built in 1696 and named after Abel Bonjour, a 19th-century French cellist. The present owner acquired it in the fall of 1999 from Christie's for $1.03 million; it is currently on loan to The Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.

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THE JOHN LENNON IMAGINE PIANO


The piano
, a Steinway upright, Model "Z", on which John Lennon composed and recorded Imagine in 1971, was bought at auction on Oct 17th 2000 for £1.45m ($2.1m) by UK singer George Michael. The hammer price for the piano was £1.45m, with the 15% commission to auction house Fleetwood Owen, brought the total to £1.67m. John Lennon paid £1,000 in 1970 for the piano. It was reported that Michael outbid fellow stars Robbie Williams and Liam and Noel Gallagher for the famous musical instrument. The upright walnut piano still bears Lennon's old cigarette burns.
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"THE LADY TENNANT
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The Lady Tennant Stradivari violin is an antique violin made by the Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari of Cremona in 1699, a year before Stradivari's 'golden' period.
On April 22, 2005, the Lady Tennant sold for a record US$2,032,000 at Christie's auction house in New York and was presented on indefinite loan to violinist Yang Liu through the auspices of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Of the 1,100 violins that Stradivari is believed to have made during his lifetime, only 650 are known to remain.
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THE HENDRIX-ZAPPA STRAT

The Strat Jimi Hendrix burned at the London Astoria in '67, then was given to Frank Zappa during his tour with Jimi at the Miami Pop Festival in '68.
After which Frank Zappa renovated it.

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"THE HAMMER"

Stradivari violin "The Hammer''
The 1707 Stradivari violin known as "The Hammer'' sold for $3.54 million at Christie's in New York, on
May 16th 2006, setting a new auction record for a musical instrument of any kind. "The Hammer'' is named after its first recorded owner, a 19th century Swedish jeweler and collector Christian Hammer. It is considered superior in craftsmanship and sound to many other Stradivari creations because it was made in the middle of what we refer to as Stradivari's "golden period" which was between 1700 and 1720.
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DIZZIE GILLESPIE'S
MARTIN COMMITTEE TRUMPET


Bebop virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie played Committees throughout his career, as did jazz trumpet greats Miles Davis and Chet Baker. This former Dizzy Committee was sold by Christie's New York in 1995 for $55,000.
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A JIMI HENDRIX GUITAR
photo from Christies catalogue
Hendrix's 1968 Fender Stratocaster
guitar with a sunburst finish that was modified to accommodate his left-handed use, sold for a massive $168,000/£86,335
on December 4th 2006; its pre-sale estimate was $80,000 to $120,000.
source check ~ USA Today
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COUCHET HARPSICHORD

The rise of harpsichord construction in Antwerp, Belgium, had everything to do with the city's economic prosperity in the 16th century. The Ruckers-Couchet family dominated the Antwerp production of keyboard instruments from the end of the 16th century until the middle of the 17th century. This harpsichord, built by Joseph Joannes Couchet in 1679, sold for £267,500 by Sothesby's in 2001 making it most expensive harpsichord.
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Sothesby's
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WILLIAM KINCAID'S PLATINUM FLUTE
William Kincaid
William Kincaid's flute features a solid platinum body and silver French style open hole keys. Originally created for display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, the flute was purchased afterwards by William Kincaid. The headjoint sported the Trylon & Perisphere logo, symbol of the ’39 fair, engraved by Verne Q. Powell himself. Shortly before his death in 1967 William Kincaid gifted the famous flute to his dear student, Elaine Shaffer. Unfortunately, Ms. Shaffer only outlived her teacher by six years, succumbing to cancer at the age of 47. Eventually the flute made its way to Christie’s where it was auctioned off in 1986. The successful bidder was noted chemist, author and art collector Stuart Pivar who paid an astonishing $187,000 for his prize. Today this famous Powell resides at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has the distinction of being the most expensive flute in the world.
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