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Most Valuable Musical Instruments

You might say these instruments are money to the ears of savvy collectors and investors. Musical instruments can be valuable assets: guitars can sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars; violins in the millions.

An instrument’s worth is determined by its history and its rarity, so it’s not unusual to see a Stradivari violin that was owned by Itzhak Perlman at the same auction as a partially melted electric guitar that Jimi Hendrix set on fire. It’s also not unusual to see both instruments sell for similar amounts, despite their very different histories.

Click ahead to see which instruments have sold for the highest prices at auction houses.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted Oct. 15, 2010

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