An electric guitar owned by The Beatles' George Harrison sold at auction for almost £400,000

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An electric guitar played by The Beatles' George Harrison has sold for almost £400,000  at an auction in New York. The former Beatle played the 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar on British TV shows like Ready  Steady Go! in 1963, prior to the band's US invasion in 1964.

Harrison, who died in 2001 aged 58, also used the instrument during the recording of I Want  to Hold Your Hand and This Boy. The guitar’s pre-sale estimate was up to $600,000 (£356,000) said auction house Julien's but  it eventually sold for $657,000 (£390,641) The sale topped the previous sale of a VOX guitar played by both Harrison and Lennon in May  last year which fetched £269,000 but fell far short of the record $965,000 (£591,000) set by a Bob  Dylan guitar in December. Harrison bought the guitar in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, while visiting his sister in the United  States. The auction also saw the sale of a placard covered in doodles and signed by John Lennon and  Yoko Ono, from their ‘bed-in’ protest, which sold for £111,190, and a Hofner bass rented by Paul  McCartney, which sold for £74,325. 

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Source: Liverpool Echo

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