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Custom Rosewood Fender Telecaster

Notable owner: George Harrison
Price at auction: $434,750

When Fender wanted to add a solid-body Rosewood Telecaster to its catalogue, it shipped a custom prototype to Harrison in December 1968 — flown to England in its own seat next to a courier — in hopes that it would jump-start sales. When Harrison played it in the famous impromptu concert on the roof of the Apple studio the next January, the guitar became an instant icon. A year later, Harrison gifted the guitar to the singer/songwriter Delaney Bramlett, who sold the guitar in 2004 at an auction at Juliens for nearly half a million dollars.

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