Elvis Presley’s “Sun Sessions” Martin D-18 sells for record $1.32m at auction

(Image credit: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

Elvis Presley’s 1942 Martin D-18 acoustic guitar recently went up for auction with Gotta Have Rock and Roll, and now the iconic instrument has sold – for a whopping $1.32 million.

The sale price set a new record for a piece of Elvis memorabilia, and it’s not hard to understand why. Often referred to as Presley’s “Sun Sessions” guitar, he used the D-18 extensively while recording at Memphis’ Sun Studios and onstage between 1954 and 1956, and can be seen playing the acoustic in many photographs from the era.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.