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Beatles history goes up for sale

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:24

May 07 - A guitar played by George Harrison is set to hit the auction block. Alicia Powell reports.

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Owning a piece of Beatles history is just $400,000 (USD) away. An electric guitar played by George Harrison prior to the Beatles' "invasion" of the United States is set to hit the auction block. Harrison's black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000. Julien's auctions executive director Martin Nolan. SOUNDBITE: Martin Nolan, Julien's auction executive director, saying (English): "This is a really special guitar. It's a very famous guitar that was bought by George Harrison when he was visiting his sister in Mount Vernon, Illinois in 1963. He bought the Rickenbacker, it's an Rickenbacker 425. John Lennon played Rickenbacker, so George Harrison wanted to have a similar guitar to John Lennon." The guitar, which Harrison had painted white and black to match John Lennon's Rickenbacker guitar, was also used during various British TV appearances. Nolan said owning this guitar will give the buyer firm bragging rights. SOUNDBITE: Martin Nolan, Julien's auction executive director, saying (English): "People will buy it because of sentimental reasons," he said. "It's a great story, very well documented piece. And it's in Andy Babiuk's book, the 'Beatles Gear Book.' And people look upon something like this as an investment. It's a tangible asset, it's something that they can boost about and say, 'wow, look what I have.'" The auction, which will include other Bealtes memorabilia, will be held on May16-17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.

Beatles history goes up for sale

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:24

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