Notable owner: Jerry Garcia
Price at auction: $957,500
The last guitar the Grateful Dead frontman played in public, it was designed by luthier Doug Irwin using the “hippie sandwich” tradition of layering exotic woods with maple. The 13.5-pounder, which he dubbed Tiger, was Garcia’s main guitar through the 1980s.
In 2002, the billionaire owner of the Indianapolis Colts, James Irsay, bought the instrument at auction in what Irsay called “a 15 rounder” for $850,000, plus a $107,500 buyer’s premium. “I made the determination that I'd rather have Tiger than all the other Jerry stuff in the world,” Irsay later told Forbes. “For me it was the centerpiece.”