Rare Beatles guitar sells for $408,000

May 20, 2013
A rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, has sold at Julien’s Auctions during the annual Music Icons auction event held at the Hard Rock Café New York on Saturday May 18. The guitar, which has been the focus of extraordinary major global press as it made its way through several exhibitions prior to the auction, was built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney and was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967. Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” The spectacular piece of Beatles history sold for $408,000.

The bidding remained fast and furious throughout the entire day as Music Icons also featured a collection of over 450 items of famed music memorabilia including more items from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones, David Cassidy, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix and many more. 

Among the other highlights:

Conway Twitty’s 1957 Gretsch Guitar Sold For: $23,750
Elvis Presley’s Pant’s worn in “Jailhouse Rock” Sold For: $12,500
Elvis Presley’s Hammond Organ Sold For: $34,375
Elvis Presley’s Sy Devore Stage Worn Jacket Sold For: $34,75
Elvis Presley’s Stage Worn and Inscribed Shoes Sold For: $46,875
Elvis Presley’s Hagstrom Electric Guitar Sold For: $50,000
Elvis Presley Owned Slot Machine Sold For: $15,000
Elvis Presley Worn Sunglasses Sold For: $28,125
David Cassidy Stage Worn Jumpsuit Sold For: $18,750

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