An electric guitar that Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison played was the centerpiece of the annual Music Icons auction organized by Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier music and entertainment memorabilia auction house.
The rare Beatles guitar was auctioned for $408,000 and offered collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever to be offered.
“From Here Comes the Sun to Hello Goodbye, this guitar is truly one of the most historical pieces of music memorabilia Julien’s Auctions has ever had the pleasure of offering,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions.
The striking custom guitar built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967. Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” The spectacular piece of Beatles history was estimated to bring $200,000-300,000, fetching $408,000.
Other Beatles memorabilia offered included rare signed items, collectibles and novelty memorabilia including a Beatles first and a second state “Butcher” album, slicks, printers proofs and designs for alternate Yesterday and Today album cover artwork and images from the photo session that produced the infamous “Butcher” album cover.
Music Icons 2013 also included memorabilia and personal effects from Elvis Presley, David Cassidy, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and other legendary musicians.