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George Harrison guitar sells for $657,000

Written by admin on May 20, 2014 – 7:24 pm -

A 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar owned by George Harrison sold for $657,000 (£390,000) at Julien’s Music Icons auction on Saturday.

The guitar was purchased by Harrison in September 1963 at Fenton’s Music store in Mount Vernon, Illinois, while he was on a two-week visit to see his sister, Louise.

George Harrison Rickenbacker 425 guitar

Harrison played the guitar during the Beatles’ debut appearance on the British television show “Ready Steady Go!” on October 4, 1963, and on “Thank Your Lucky Stars” in December 1963. He also played it in the studio, including on “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy”.

“Twist and Shout” (Ready, Steady Go) – The Beatles

The sale price exceeded the pre-sale estimate of $600,000 (£356,000).

Other high price lots in the auction included the John Lennon and Yoko Ono original signed “Bed-In” drawing ($187,500/£111,000), Paul McCartney’s played Hofner Bass ($125,000/£74,000), Elvis Presley’s 1955 contract with Colonel Tom Parker ($93,750) and a jumpsuit worn in 1970 ($197,000/£117,000), a Joni Mitchell staged-used guitar ($31,250/£18,500), and a Janis Joplin owned and worn ring ($15,000/£8,900).

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