Elvis Presley’s most well-known guitar, which is expected to fetch $5 million at auction. Will it surpass the record set by the guitar Kurt Cobain sold at auction?

The King’s 1968 Comeback Special made extensive use of his cherry red Hagstrom Viking II electric guitar. The Austin Butler-starring Elvis biopic prominently featured that special. The guitar was regarded as the elderly rocker’s lucky charm and helped him revive his career by appearing on the album From Elvis in Memphis and, finally, his residency in Las Vegas.

According to experts, the famous guitar may break the record for the most expensive guitar ever to be sold at auction. Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar currently holds the record, selling for $6 million in 2020 despite a low beginning estimate of $1 million. Elvis’ comeback special in 1968 drew in 42% of the audience share for its time slot, making it a memorable event for many senior citizens in the country.

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Which guitars have fetched the highest prices at auction?
When it is auctioned off, the Hagstrom Viking II electric guitar used in Elvis’ legendary comeback performance might break these records. Here is a look at some of the most famous guitars that have been sold at auction and the prices that collectors who want to acquire a piece of rock history have demanded.

  1. Kurt Cobain | 1959 Martin D-18E ($6.01M)
  2. Kurt Cobain | “Teen Spirit” Fender Mustang ($4.69M)
  3. David Gilmour | Black Strat ($4.1M)
  4. Eddie Van Halen | “Hot For Teacher” Kramer ($4.01M)
  5. Reach Out to Asia | Fender Stratocaster ($2.83M)
  6. John Lennon | Gibson J-160E ($2.4M)
  7. Jimi Hendrix | “Izabella” 1868 Fender Stratocaster ($2.09M)
  8. Peter Green | “Greeny” Les Paul ($2.09M)
  9. Jerry Garcia | Wolf Guitar ($1.99M)
  10. David Gilmour | 1954 Fender Stratrocaster ($1.90M)

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Without a doubt, the Baz Luhrmann Elvis biography will raise the guitar’s value when it goes on the market. When they have a setlist created by Cobain himself, even paper plates have sold for quite a bit of money. Maybe someone will come upon an Elvis setlist written on the napkin of a cocktail? Despite the jokes, this legendary instrument will undoubtedly bring in millions.


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