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Ongoing History Daily: Big-ticket rock memorabilia 

Over the last twenty years or so, the market for rock memorabilia has exploded. And with all this interest, prices have skyrocketed. Here are some of the most expensive items sold at auction so far.

(1) The guitar belonging to Noel Gallagher that Liam smashed backstage on the night in Paris when Oasis broke up. It sold for $403,536.

(2) The piano on which John Lennon recorded “Imagine”: $2.1 million.

(3) David Gilmour’s famous “Black Strat” which appeared on pretty much every Pink Floyd album since about 1970: $4 million.

(5) Kurt’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” guitar—the one we see in the video: $4.5 million.

And finally, the most expensive rock’n’roll memorabilia item sold so far: The acoustic guitar Kurt Cobain used for Nirvana’s Unplugged performance. It went for $6 million. It went to an Australian businessman. 

Alan Cross

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