John Lennon guitar sells for $2.9 million at auction

A lost guitar once used by John Lennon and found in an attic has sold at auction for more than $2.8 million, making it one of the most lucrative Beatles memorabilia sold.

The guitar, a 1964 Framus Hootenanny 12-string, missing for about 50 years and recently found in an attic, was used by Lennon and George Harrison for the “Help!” » and “Rubber Soul” in 1965, according to Julien’s Auctions. It was purchased Wednesday by an anonymous buyer in New York for a total price of $2,857,500, the auction house said.

The guitar was expected to sell for between $600,000 and $800,000, according to Julien’s. The auction house said the sale price made this guitar the fifth most expensive guitar ever sold.

“Its new owner (is) now the guardian of a piece of Lennon’s soul, a tangible link to the creative energy that flowed through him and touched the lives of millions,” Julien said in a communicated.

So how can a guitar like this disappear? In 1965, Lennon gave the instrument to Gordon Waller of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, as Lennon and Paul McCartney had written songs for them. Waller then gave the instrument to a manager, “who took the guitar home, threw it in the attic and didn’t think about it for decades,” according to the release.

A man in Britain later discovered the piece of memorabilia in his parents’ house as they were leaving their home, Darren Julien, co-founder and executive director of the auction house, said in a video. The man told Julien about the affair last March, Julien said.

“Finding this remarkable instrument is like finding a lost Rembrandt or Picasso,” he said in a statement.

Julien’s team worked with experts to confirm that this was indeed Lennon’s guitar by comparing it to the one seen in photos and stills of Lennon from the film “Help!” » The guitar and its case have also been seen in photos from recording sessions.

Musician and author Andy Babiuk was one of the experts who helped identify the instrument. He said in a video on his website that this guitar was one of the few missing Beatles items.

“It’s so important, it’s the sound we hear on these great songs that we all love, and it’s so great to know that a piece of history has finally been found,” he said. stated in the video.

Other Beatles items were lost and found years later. Another Lennon guitar was discovered in 2014 after it was allegedly stolen from him and purchased by a musician in the 1960s. It sold for $2.4 million at an auction at Julien’s in 2015. (The same year, the auction house sold a Ringo Starr drum set for $2.2 million.)

Similarly, a Höfner bass guitar that belonged to McCartney was found last February after being stolen in 1972. Rumor has it that the bass was stolen while the Beatles were recording their final album, “Let It Be,” in 1969 , according to the Associated Press. It was found after journalists and a guitar expert launched a campaign to find the guitar, which was used by McCartney for “hundreds of concerts” and several Beatles hits, including “Love Me Do” and “Twist and Shout,” reported the New York Times. .

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