Some of the most valuable and fascinating of collectibles happen to be music memorabilia. While these are symbols of pop culture’s icons and idols, the fact is that nothing can take the place of music memorabilia and its role in the history of music. Infamous costumes, guitars, cars, band merchandise, authentic collectibles can make a lot of money for those who have a good collection. Whether you are a super fan, a private collector or a museum-owner, you can fetch a pretty penny for some of your stuff. Here are five of the most expensive memorabilia for music ever sold.
$2,898,724 Rolls Royce Phantom V 1965 of John Lennon
Magic Mystery Tour was a film about the music of the Beatles in 1967. While the media scrutinized the film, there were six songs by the Beatles in it. The Rolls Royce of John Lennon was repainted in psychedelic swirls and flowers instead of the original black. Canada’s Royal British Columbia bought the car eventually for almost three million dollars.
$1,344,477 John Lennon’s Lyrics Handwritten
“A Day in the Life” was the last song of the Sgt. Pepper album by the Beatles. This was separately written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Reportedly, Lennon wrote each word based on the news of the current day while the lyrics were written by McCartney based on his youth. While they linked together the different segments, the song was banned from actually being broadcast due to the line “I’d love to turn you on” by BBC. This was a reference they assumed had to do with drugs. Later, the song was covered by different artists including the Bee Gees, Neil Young and Sting, among others. The song was ranked by Rolling Stones as the greatest song ever written by the Beatles.
$874,092 Blackie Guitar of Eric Clapton
The Blackie guitar by Eric Clapton was his mane studio and solo stage guitar from 1970 to 1985. His fans called the guitar Blackie and it was actually a Fender Stratocaster color black. Later Christie’s held an auction and in 2004 the guitar sold five times more than expectations.
$182,385 for the 1963 Rolls-Royce of Elvis Presley
Between the years 1959 and 1968, Rolls-Royce made the Phantom V, which was super exclusive. While this four-door luxury vehicle was possessed by Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, it was also the ceremonial car of the Hong Kong Governor. Elvis Presley also owned the elite Rolls-Royce Phantom V of 1963 and was sold for $182,385 in 1986. Throughout the history of car makers, only five hundred sixteen of this car was ever created.
$119,380 Original Artwork “London Calling” by The Clash
In the late seventies, The Clash, an English band playing punk rock music came together. They created music incorporating various styles and sounds from hard rock, pop, lounge jazz and even reggae. London Calling was the title of the third album of the band created in a studio. In the UK, this album was released in 1979 and a year later in the United States. Good reviews followed the band which featured its diversity and social themes including maturity, drugs, race and employment. Worldwide, the album London Calling has sold five million copies and the original album was sold at Bonham’s for $119,380 in the year 2009.
Music memorabilia can fetch a pretty penny and if you’ve got any lying around in the house, you may be surprised how much you can get for them.