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Beatles guitar up for auction

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

Do you covet the guitar George Harrison played when recording the Beatles hit "I Want To Hold Your Hand" at the iconic Abbey Roads Studios? How about Lady Gaga's Rolls Royce Corniche III?

Lady Gaga's Rolls Royce is up for auction this week as part of a sale of items owned by music icons.

Lady Gaga's Rolls Royce is up for auction this week as part of a sale of items owned by music icons.

Items owned by music legends are available to the highest bidder -- whether online or in person at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan -- this Saturday from Julien's Auctions.

The guitar, a rare 1962 Rickenbacker played by both Harrison and John Lennon, is the highlight of the auction, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the band's first American television performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

Guitar's provenance: Illinois

According to the auction house, Harrison purchased the guitar in 1963 at Fenton's Music store in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, while on a trip to visit his sister.

The guitar was played in several stage and television performances, including the band's premiere television appearance in October 1963 on the show "Ready Steady Go!"

Other items rounding out the auction sale include several pieces of jewelry from Elvis Presley's private stash, one of the legendary jumpsuits he favored later in his life and some clothing and signed memorabilia owned by Michael Jackson.

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Cheryl Latka
May 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Oh my Eric! Is someone a wee bit envious? BTW Paul, good one! That's one of my favourite lines. Have you any idea...ahh, never mind!

May 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

Bob is right about the Gretsch but the info here is somewhat misleading. George did play the Rick on Ready, Steady, Go but not on Ed Sullivan; the article doesn't say he did, only that the auction commemorates their 50th Ed Sullivan show debut. But it infers that he did. Hopefully the auction house gets it right.

Paul Miller
May 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

Wow, Eric why don't you tell us how you really feel...LOL

bob hinsman
May 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

Harrison played a Gretch country gentlemen on Ed sulivan. Lennon played a Rick. And I want to hold your hand he played the gretch.

Eric Rose
May 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Lady money gag wants more money??? yech, this pig is ashamed of her face, it's rarely seen publicly, or should I say PUBIC-ly, as she should be. Pig, pig, pig.