Music Memorabilia Within Auction Houses

What are the benefits to listening to Music 

Music is neurologically special in the way that it stimulates many parts of the brain at once. This means that even if parts of the brain are damaged, music can still reach other parts. Have you ever felt chills down your spine while listening to music? According to a study by Nusbaum and Silvia (2010), over 90% of us have. How powerful the effects of music, though, depends on your personality. People who are high in one of the five personality dimensions called ‘openness to experience’ are likely to feel the most chills while listening to music.

Music memorabilia that sold for a fortune

Jimi Hendrix’s burned guitar: $312,500 (£237k)

Estimates for the auction price of Jimi Hendrix’s legendary guitar from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival floated from the hundreds of thousands right up to a cool million, but the torched instrument eventually sold for £

237,000 ($312,500) in 2012. Hendrix had planned on smashing the guitar while performing Wild Thing, but The Who’s Pete Townshend had already used the move earlier in the night. Wanting to pull a unique stunt, Hendrix doused his guitar in lighter fluid and flicked a match at it instead.

Michael Jackson’s silver glove: $350,000 (£267k) 

 Another piece of memorabilia formerly owned by the late King of Pop is the famous silver glove, which sold for$350,000 (£267k) at an auction back in 2009.

Pre-sale estimates valued the accessory at $50,000, but the highest bidder – Hong Kong businessman Hoffman Ma – paid seven times that amount, plus commission. The glove featured in a sale held at the Hard Rock Café in New York’s Times Square just a couple of months after the pop legend passed away in 2009.


The electric guitar Elvis Presley played on his 1968 TV special, which acted as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s comeback performance (pictured) after seven years of starring in films, has sold at auction for $625,000 (£450k). Elvis had borrowed the red Hagstrom Viking II electric guitar from his session musician Al Casey for the special broadcast that relaunched hismusic career, and he went on to play it at live performances in Las Vegas the following year. It also featured on the cover of Elvis’ 1969 album From Elvis in Memphis. The guitar was never owned by Elvis, and it was eventually returned to Casey, who sold it to a collector. The electric guitar had not been seen in public for 52 years before it went up at auction this week.

This instrument comes with a heart-wrenching back story, as it was the violin used to calm passengers of the Titanic as the ship sank back in 1912. Its player, Wallace Hartley, died along with 1,517 other passengers, but remarkably the violin survived.

Bidding started at a mere £50 ($65) for this emblematic slice of the Titanic’s history, but within 10 minutes a fierce telephone war reached a momentous conclusion, with the winner agreeing to pay £900,000 ($1.17m) for the violin.


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