The guitar is most influential musical instrument of the last century, so it makes sense that the six-string instrument is a popular collector's item. The following guitars are the 10 most valuable on the planet: Rare, stylish, and many are iconic in the world of rock and roll.
10. Eric Clapton's Martin 1939 000-42 Acoustic
In 2004, Clapton's netted the highest price ever for an acoustic guitar at $791,500.
9. Eric Clapton's Gibson 1964 ES335 TDC
The British rock musician's was auctioned off in 2004 for $847,500.
8. Jerry Garcia's "Tiger"
Tiger was the last guitar the late Grateful Dead member ever played in public. In 2002, it was sold at auction for $957,500, including commission.
7. Eric Clapton's "Blackie"
Clapton retired Blackie in 1985 and it was sold at auction in 2004 for $959,000 to benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua, the recovery center he founded.
6. Bob Dylan's 1964 Fender Stratocaster
This guitar belonging to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan sold for $965,000 in 2013.
5. Keith Richards' 1959 Les Paul Standard
In 2003, the Rolling Stone founding member's guitar was auctioned off for $1 million.
4. Bob Marley's Washburn 22-Series Hawk
The Jamaican government, which declared this instrument a national treasure, allegedly purchased it for somewhere between $1.2 and $2 million.
3. Jerry Garcia's "Wolf"
Wolf fetched a whopping $1.9 million at auction in 2017, and the sale raised money for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
2. Jimi Hendrix's 1968 Fender Stratocaster
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reportedly bought this instrument for an estimated $2 million in 1998.
2. Peter Green and Gary Moore's 1959 Les Paul
Initially owned by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, this guitar was later used extensively by Gary Moore. And in 2014, it changed hands again when Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett bought it for a reported $2 million.
1. Fender "Reach Out To Asia" Stratocaster
Signed by 19 artists—including Clapton, Page, Gilmour, and Iommi—this guitar sold for a staggering $2.7 million at auction.