Parts of John Lennon's prized 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri guitar are going up for auction in London. The pick guard and machine heads could reportedly garner as much as $63,000. Additionally, the 1963 Gretsch 6120 he used during the 1966 session of "Paperback Writer" is available and is expected to bring close to a million.
The Rickenbacker parts are especially valuable as this was the guitar Lennon purchased in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. He played it at the famous Hamburg gig, Liverpool's Cavern Club, while touring Europe, Britain and the U.S., as well as on the Ed Sullivan Show and at Carnegie Hall. The guitar was also used during recording sessions for the band's first two LPs and on singles up to early 1964 when Rickenbacker gave Lennon a new guitar.
Though the Beatle set the 1958 model aside as his main guitar, he brought it to Ron DeMarino in Farmingdale, New York for repairs in 1972. After completing the repairs, Ron asked Lennon if he could keep the old parts. DeMarino is auctioning off the parts with photos of the guitar as it was brought to him in 1972, a copy of the invoice for the repair and an Apple Records check stub. To follow the auction starting November 23rd, visit TracksAuction.
David Birch, John Lennon's cousin, is selling John's 1963 Gretsch 6120. See Birch explain why he is selling the historic guitar: