The guitar was given to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967. Both Beatles used it during the making of "Magical Mystery Tour." Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I Am the Walrus.” Lennon used it while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” Julien's estimates its worth at $200,000 to $300,000.
The auction will take place May 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET at the Hard Rock Cafe at New York's Times Square. The guitar will be on display at The Museum of Style Icons in County Kildare, Ireland, from April 16t to May 8.
Other Beatles memorabilia to be offered will include both first-state and second-state Beatles butcher covers (estimated worth $10,000 to $20,000 and $4,000 to $6,000), along with slicks, proofs and designs for alternate “Yesterday and Today” album covers.
A signed copy of The Beatles' “Please Please Me” album estimated to be worth $30,000 to $50,000, and a copy of Lennon’s book “In His Own Write” signed by all four Beatles estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000 will also be up for sale.
Elvis Presley will be represented with a star ring with the “E” initial given to Charlie Hodge by Presley (estimated worth $4,000 to $6,000) and an Eagle emblazoned cape made for Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” televised concert but not used because it was too heavy (worth $120,000 to $140,000).
Other items include six trademark jumpsuits used by David Cassidy, a collection of Grateful Dead artist Rick Griffin’s work, and items from Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.
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