Historic Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Prince, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan Guitars Up for Auction

Guernsey's will auction off a massive stable of historic guitars at the Boehmian National Hall in New York City on December 2.
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Guernsey's auction house will offer up a remarkable group of historic guitars on December 2 at the Boehmian National Hall in New York City.

The group includes two guitars owned by Jimi Hendrix—a sticker-covered Guild that he played at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival and a 1963 Stratocaster that was one of the first Strats Hendrix owned—a gold 1953 Gibson Les Paul once owned by Paul McCartney, a custom gold "Love Symbol" guitar used by Prince and a 1962 gold sparkling Fender Stratocaster once owned by Bob Dylan. The gold Strat—only the third known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction—is expected to fetch over $1 million, according to Guernsey's.

And that's just the start.

The group also includes an acoustic Takamine EF-360 S once owned by Tom Petty—this particular guitar even includes a letter from Petty himself certifying that the guitar has "a lovely sound"—a Fender Stratocaster signed by Petty and all of the Heartbreakers, a 12-string Gibson Firebird once owned by Johnny Winter and a 1963 Fender Precision bass that Bruce Springsteen played on his first album.

We've included a healthy sampling of the gear on offer in the gallery below, but you can examine the lot in its entirety at guernseys.com.