You knew that John Lennon's long-lost Gibson J-160E was going to break some records when it went on the block on November 7, but it bulldozed everything ever offered for sale in a rock memorabilia auction by going for $2,410,000!
And Ringo's kick-drum head with the famous drop-T Beatles logo from the kit he played on The Ed Sullivan Show wasn't that far behind his late band mate's haul, going for $2,125,000.
The historic items were part of Julien's Auctions "Icons & Idols" auction in Beverly Hills, California.
Andy Babiuk — author of the just-released Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition — helped authenticate the J-160E.
Lennon's J-160E was stolen in 1963 during the Beatles' Christmas show performance that year. Read the whole story on the guitar here.
The guitar's buyer opted to remain anonymous at present, and Julien's reports that half the proceeds from the sale of Lennon's guitar will go to the Spirit Foundation—a charitable organization founded by Lennon and his widow, Yoko Ono.
Other highlights of the auction included Elvis Presley’s 24K Gold Leaf Piano (which sold for $600,000), Kurt Cobain’s cardigan from his appearance on MTV Unplugged ($137,500), Joni Mitchell’s stage-played guitar ($28,125), and a Jimi Hendrix necklace gifted by Noel Redding ($13,750). For complete information on the auction, go to juliensauctions.com.