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George Harrison guitar sells at auction for $657,000

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George Harrison’s guitar – a 1962 Rickenbacker 425 black and white electric guitar – sold for $657,000 at auction on Saturday. Going for more than the estimated auction take, Julien’s Auctions predicted that the guitar would get somewhere between $400,000 and $600,000. The former Beatles band member who passed away in 2001 at age 58 played the guitar on numerous occasions, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday.

Harrison played the guitar when the band recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – the Beatles’ first number one record on the United States music charts – and on the song “This Boy” which the four-man band recorded in 1963. Harrison also played the guitar on two British television programs – “Ready Steady Go!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” – in which he performed with the band in 1963 prior to becoming a huge international success, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday.

Harrison bought the electric guitar for $400 to $500 before the Beatles became successful in the United States but had already become well-known in England. He bought it at Fenton’s Music Shop in Mount Vernon, Illinois in 1963 while he was visiting his sister who lived in Benton, Illinois. He went there to buy the guitar as he was told that the shop had a Rickenbacker electric guitar which Harrison wanted to purchase because it was like the guitar his fellow-band member John Lennon had.

The auction also saw other Beatles’ items sold for high amounts of money. A handwritten placard with doodles signed by the late John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono fetched $187,000. The placard was from the couple’s 1969 anti-war “bid-in” in Montreal, Canada. Also, a Hofner bass that was previously rented by band member Paul McCartney in the mid-1960s was sold for $120,000.

Other rock and roll memorabilia sold at the auction as well, according to a Reuters report. A white jumpsuit that was worn by Elvis Presley during one of his 1971 concerts sold for $197,000. A car that was owned and used by Lady Gaga sold for $125,000. The car is a 1990 red Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible.