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John Lennon’s long-lost guitar could fetch $800K at auction

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John Lennon’s long-lost Framus Hootenanny 12-string acoustic guitar goes on the auction block this month and the sky’s the restrict on the worth it could fetch — with estimates of greater than $800,000.

Lennon used the 12-string within the Nineteen Sixties, most famously whereas the Beatles had been recording the albums “Help!” and “Rubber Soul,” in addition to within the film “Help” the place he performed “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”

A photo of Ringo Starr strumming Lennon's 12-string guitar after it was found.
Ringo Star strums the not too long ago discovered Lennon 12-string guitar. Scott Ritchie
A photo of the 12-string guitar in its case
Lennon used the 12-string within the Nineteen Sixties, most famously whereas the Beatles had been recording the albums “Help!” and “Rubber Soul,” in addition to within the film “Help” the place he performed “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” Scott Ritchie/ Julien’s/ MEGA

George Harrison used it to play the rhythm guitar half on “Norwegian Wood” and it seems on one other “Rubber Soul” monitor, “Girl.”

The guitar hadn’t been seen in additional than half a century, nevertheless it was not too long ago found within the attic of a house within the British countryside because the owners had been transferring.

The founders of Beverly Hills-based Julien’s Auctions, who is staging the May 29-30 sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, traveled to Britain to confirm the guitar and recovered the unique case from the trash.

“Once in a while we get an incredible call,” mentioned Darren Julien, co-founder and government director of the auction home. “Finding this remarkable instrument is like finding a lost Rembrandt or Picasso, and it still looks and plays like a dream after having been preserved in an attic for more than 50 years.”

A photo of George Harrison playing the 12-string acoustic while John Lennon watches.
George Harrison used the 12-string to play the rhythm guitar half on “Norwegian Wood”
and it seems on one other “Rubber Soul” monitor, “Girl.” Beatles Book Photo Library

Julien’s decided Lennon gifted the guitar to fellow musician Gordon Waller, of the Nineteen Sixties pop duo Peter and Gordon; Waller, in flip, gave the 12-string to its present proprietor, who believed it to be misplaced.

A photo of the Lennon acoustic guitar.
The Framus Hootenanny 12-string acoustic guitar could
fetch greater than $800,000. Scott Ritchie/ Julien’s/ MEGA

Noted Julien’s co-founder Martin Nolan, “The woodgrain of a guitar is like a fingerprint in that no two guitars are the same. 

Not only is the woodgrain a perfect match to the guitar that John and George are playing but so is the pickguard which can be exactly photo matched. 

Because the guitar has been undisturbed for approximately five decades, it is in the exact condition in terms of aesthetics that it was when John and George played it.”

A photo of John Lennon wearing a NYC tee shirt. He posed for the picture on a NYC rooftop in 1974
Lennon used the 12-string within the Nineteen Sixties, most famously whereas the
Beatles had been recording the albums “Help!” and “Rubber Soul.” © Bob Gruen / http://www.bobgruen.com

The 12-string is “the most significant Beatles guitar to ever come up for auction,” Nolan mentioned.

A photo of the 12-string guitar, with Paul McCartney in the background.
The guitar hadn’t been seen in additional than half a century, nevertheless it was
not too long ago found within the attic of a house within the British countryside
because the owners had been transferring. Beatles Book Photo Library

In addition to the Lennon guitar, devices from Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Robbie Robertson, Randy Bachman and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols might be featured at the two-day “Music Icons” auction. 

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