Rare Beatles guitar goes up for auction in New York City
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:53
May 14 - The VOX ax was custom-made for John Lennon and used during the British band's ''Magical Mystery Tour'' period. Sharon Reich reports.
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An electric guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison at the peak of Beatles' fame is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 U.S. dollars at auction.
The VOX custom-built guitar is the centerpiece of Julien's Auctions' annual "Music Icons" sale.
Martin Nolan is overseeing the auction.
SOUNDBITE: Martin Nolan, executive director for Julien's Auctions, saying (English):
"Vox is very well known for its amplifiers. And Beatles players always used Vox sound equipment but then Vox tried to get in making guitars. So it's sort of rare that there is a Vox guitar. And it's a beautiful guitar custom made for John Lennon - very futuristic in how it was designed and the technology that was attached to it."
Harrison used the guitar to practice the 1967 song "I Am the Walrus", while Lennon played the guitar the same year to record a video session for "Hello, Goodbye".
The sale will take place on May 18th.
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