Elvis’ iconic ‘Sun Sessions’ Martin D-18 guitar goes up for auction today, starting at over a million dollars
The latest piece of rock n’ roll history to go under the (metaphorical) hammer is Elvis’ 1942 Martin D-18 Sun Sessions acoustic.
Elvis owned and played the guitar between 1954 and 1956, and it appears in many photos of him from that era. It earned its Sun Sessions moniker from Elvis’ use of it while recording at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee. During this period Elvis would record some of his most memorable songs, including That’s All Right (Mama), Blue Moon of Kentucky and Good Rockin’ Tonight. The guitar is currently on display at the Cleveland, Ohio Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The acoustic itself features a reasonable amount of wear around the soundhole, and across the body in general. Metal “E,” “L,” “V” and “I” stickers are also present, with the “S” missing.
The prospective auction winner will receive expensive documents of provenance, including but not limited to a photocopy of the receipt from its purchase in 1956, a photocopy of the affidavit from the guitar’s owner between 1956 and 1991 and a number of photographs of Elvis playing the guitar.
Said winner will also require pretty deep pockets, as the guitar’s starting bid is a cool $1,200,000. It’s estimated to reach somewhere between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000.
The auction begins today (7 July). View the listing over at gottahaverockandroll.com.
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