George Harrison's guitar sells for £390,000

Thu 22 May 2014

An electric guitar played by The Beatles’ George Harrison has sold for $657,000 (£390,000) at an auction in New York.

Harrison played the 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar on British TV shows like Ready Steady Go! in 1963, prior to the band’s US invasion in 1964.

The Beatle, who died in 2001, also used the instrument during the recording of I Want to Hold Your Hand and This Boy.

He bought the guitar during a visit to the US.

Its pre-sale estimate was up to $600,000 (£356,000) said auction house Julien’s.

It topped the previous sale of a VOX guitar played by both Harrison and Lennon in May last year which fetched £269,000) but fell far short of the record $965,000 (£591,000) set by a Bob Dylan guitar in December.

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