New Beatles auction record: John Lennon guitar sells for $2.9 million

A guitar used by John Lennon was sold for a whopping $2.9m (£2.3m). The sale has created a new world record for being the highest-selling guitar at auction in Beatles history.The said guitar is a 12-string Hootenanny acoustic one which was used in the recording of the Beatles’ 1965 Help! album and film. Notably, the guitar had not been seen or used for playing in more than 50 years.Tracing the history of the acoustic guitar used by John LennonThe guitar was owned by by the Scottish guitarist Gordon Waller. He later gave the acoustic guitar to his band Peter and Gordon’s road managers. The guitar wasn’t used all this while. When it was discovered by the new owners living in rural British countryside, they immediately put it up for auction with an estimate of between £485,000 and £647,000.The auction took place on a telephone bid in New York as part of a two-day music icons sale by Julien’s Auctions.David Goodman, the chief executive of the auctioneers, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have set a new world record with the sale of John Lennon’s lost Hootenanny guitar. This guitar is not only a piece of music history but a symbol of John Lennon’s enduring legacy. Today’s unprecedented sale is a testament to the timeless appeal and reverence of the Beatles’ music and John Lennon.”Darren Julien, the co-founder and executive director of Julien’s Auctions, said he had travelled to the UK to verify the guitar at the house, that it was being stored properly.  Zeba KhanZeba is a fashion and lifestyle reporter who has a keen eye for literature and everything vintage. She dreams of writing travel stories from every part of the world.viewMore

Recommended For You