John Lennon guitar snags $408,000 at auction

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction on Saturday for $408,000 US, said officials with the company behind the event.

The semi-hollow-body guitar, manufactured by the VOX company, was sold to an unidentified U.S. buyer at the "Music Icons" event organized by Beverly Hills, California-based Julien's Auctions and held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan.

Julien's said previously it expected the guitar, which was the centerpiece of Saturday's sale, to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.

Harrison played the instrument, distinguished by two symmetrical flared shoulders on the upper body, while practicing I Am The Walrus, and Lennon used it in a video session for the song Hello, Goodbye, according to a statement from Julien's Auctions.

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Source: CBC News

Photo Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

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5/20/2013 8:12 AM

I think it's strange that in all the videos and pictures I've seen of the Beatles{and I have seen many}that there are so many of them using their many different guitars,but not the Vox.I find this being very odd that there's no physical evidence of either John and George using this Guitar.After readind through the years about Magic Alex and how much of an ass hole he was do you really think that John gave that so called Vox Guitar to Him,I don't think so because Alex was such a con man how can you believe that it was given to him?
Just a thought!

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