Rock and Roll memorabilia is amongst the most fascinating and valuable of collectibles. While symbolic of popular culture, it’s idols and icons, the place of rock & roll memorabilia in rock music history is unprecedented. Authentic collectibles, band merchandise, cars, guitars, even infamous costumes can fetch a pretty penny for those willing to fit the bill. Whether it be private collectors, super-fans or museums, where rock and roll memorabilia lie, a home is close to follow. Kicking off with an original album cover from the punk rock band The Clash, we’ve located, and are counting down ten of the most expensive rock and roll memorabilia ever sold!
10 The Clash ‘London Calling’ Original Artwork: $119,380
9 Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce: $182,385
8 Costumes Worn By KISS: $200,132
7 Jimi Hendrix's Guitar: $328,291
6 John Lennon Lyrics (Give peace a Chance): $698,447
5 Eric Clapton's 1939 Guitar: $698,447
4 Eric Clapton's “Blackie” Guitar: $874,092
3 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper Drumskin: $897,390
2 John Lennon's Handwritten Lyrics (A day in the life): $1,344,477
1 John Lennon's 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V: $2,898,725
The 1967 film, Magical Mystery Tour was a film based on The Beatles and their music. While the film was quite scrutinized by the media, it included six new Beatles songs. During the filming, John Lennon’s black Rolls-Royce touring limousine was painted into “a psychedelic pattern of flowers and swirls” and was eventually bought for almost $3 million by the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada. The car is still on display by the museum today.
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