John Lennon's 'lost' guitar fetches Rs 16 cr at auction

Beatles' legend John Lennon's guitar, which had been lost for over 50 years, sold at a record amount

Los Angeles: Beatles star John Lennon’s guitar, which had been lost for over 50 years, sold at a record amount of $2.41 million (Rs 16 crore) during an auction. In December 1963, during The Beatles Finsbury Park Christmas Show, Lennon’s guitar went missing and he later replaced it with a 1964 model. According to Julien’s Auctions, the 1962 J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar was in the possession of John McCaw for decades. The young musician bought it in the late 1960s without knowing it had been stolen from the legendary Beatle several years before.

In December 1963, during The Beatles Finsbury Park Christmas Show, Lennon’s guitar went missing and he later replaced it with a 1964 model. Pics/AFP
In December 1963, during The Beatles Finsbury Park Christmas Show, Lennon’s guitar went missing and he later replaced it with a 1964 model. Pics/AFP

Presley’s piano
Other outstanding results at the auction included Elvis Presley’s 24K Gold Leaf Piano, which was sold for another record price of $600,000 (Rs 4 crore). The piano was played by the singer while in the music room at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley’s wife, Priscilla had decided to adorn the piano in gold-leaf finish as a gift for the couple’s first wedding anniversary.

The ‘wow’ list
The most famous of the seven known Beatles drop-T logo drum heads ‘The Ed Sullivan drum head’ was also auctioned, bringing in a final price of $2,125,000 (Rs 14 crore). Notable highlights from the rockin’ auction also included Kurt Cobain’s cardigan, Michael Jackson’s jacket that he wore to Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding, Presley’s white deerskin leather ensemble, a Frank Sinatra painting, Joni Mitchell’s stage played guitar, a Jimi Hendrix necklace gifted by Noel Redding, Madonna’s Evita worn-skirt suit and a lock of John Lennon's hair.

The Beatles (from left to right), Paul McCartney (bass), George Harrison (guitar), Ringo Starr (drums) and John Lennon (guitar) perform on stage during a concert in London on July 29, 1965
The Beatles (from left to right), Paul McCartney (bass), George Harrison (guitar), Ringo Starr (drums) and John Lennon (guitar) perform on stage during a concert in London on July 29, 1965

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