Elvis Presley’s 1942 Martin D-18 guitar sold for $1.32 million at auction this week, becoming the 10th guitar in history to sell for more than $1 million, the sixth guitar in the past 14 months to sell for more than $1 million,media New Atlas reported. Obviously, the music souvenir market is very popular now.
While the new crown pop may have affected the volume of items sold at auction, it clearly did not limit the price of important music memorabilia, with several records broken this week at the gotthaverockandroll.com online auction. The most important was Elvis Presley’s 1942 Martin D-18 guitar, which he owned between 1954 and 1956.
Until recently, the guitar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and was often referred to as the “Sun Sessions” guitar. During this period, Elvis recorded classics such as “Mystery Train,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and “That’s All Right” that many considered to be the first rock record.
In 2002, the collection, called The Sun Sessions, was selected for the archives by the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry because of its importance to the development of american pop music. The album ranked 11th in Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Album of All Time.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs shaping Rock” contains two songs from the album. “Mystery Train” and “That’s All Right”
In addition to playing an important role in the history of rock and roll, the guitar is often used by Elvis Presley on stage. The guitar was purchased by Elvis Presley at the O.K. Houck Piano Shop in Memphis, and partly for the price of his Martin 000-18 model. Elvis Presley was in the early stages of his career when he used the guitar, adorning the guitar with the word “ELVIS.” To this day, only the first four letters of the name remain, which is not surprising, as the guitar is heavily worn.
The guitar was sold by gotthaverockandroll.com and was accompanied by a large number of documents, including a copy of the receipt from O.K. Houck Piano Company and a copy of the history note from the Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The exhibition “Play It Loud: Musical Instruments of Rock and Roll” will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from April to October 2019.
The guitar is the second of the top 10 guitars of all time to be shot by gotthaverockandroll.com, which also sells Gibson Les Paul, who was used by Duane Allman to record rock songs with Eric Clapton in 1957. The guitar was also used by Allman in many performances by the Allman Brothers, Derek and Dominoes, Layla Sessions, and the albums The Allman Brothers Band and Idle Southwild. It sold for $1.25 million at the same gotthaverockandroll.com auction last year.
Other guitars that sold for more than $1 million include:
Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E Guitar (sold for $6 million on June 19, 2020).
Dave Gilmour’s “Black Strat” guitar for several Pink Floyd albums (sold for $3.975 million on June 20, 2019).
John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J-160E guitar, written multiple times for Lennon/McCartney (sold for $2.902 million on November 7, 2015).
Reach Out to Asia 2005 Fender Stratocaster Charity Auction Guitar, all living guitar gods have signatures (sold for $2.7 million on November 16, 2005).
Jerry Garcia’s 1973 Doug Irwin “Wolf” custom guitar has been used in many famous Grateful Dead tracks (sold for $1.9 million on May 31, 2017).
Dave Gilmour’s 1954 Fender Stratocaster #0001吉他 for Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” (sold for $1.815 million on June 20, 2019).
The above Elvis used the 1942 Martin D-18 guitar.
Duane Allman uses a 1957 Gibson Les Paul guitar.
John Lennon’s 1964 Rickenbacker Model 1996 (sold for $1.102 million on December 3, 2015).
Dave Gilmour’s 1969 C.F. Martin D-35 Guitar (sold for $1.095 million on June 20, 2019).