An extremely rare guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles will be on display on Thursday, 8th May at the Stafford London Hotel
The Beatles VOX guitar is estimated to sell for between $200,000 to $300,000 USD, so this exclusive public viewing in London is a must for vintage guitar enthusiasts and Beatles fans, to get close to this historical instrument while it's in London, one last time.
Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier celebrity and entertainment memorabilia international auction house, has announced an exclusive London exhibit and unveiling of the very rare Beatles VOX guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison.
The guitar will be on display for a very limited time at the The Stafford London by Kempinski located at St. James Place 16-18 in London from Thursday May 9, 2013 through Saturday May 11, 2013 only.
Fans of The Beatles and music enthusiasts can view the exceptional historic guitar on display in the main lobby area during this limited engagement. The guitar will depart for the United States on May 12th where it will be auctioned in New York later that week. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the very rare musical instrument will only take place during the week at the exclusive 5-star hotel.
Lennon can be seen playing it as part of the promotional video for "Hello, Goodbye" but it is not seen in the final version of the video that was released. Lennon gifted the guitar to "Magic Alex" Mardas. A plaque affixed to the back of the guitar reads "To Magic Alex/ Alexi thank you/ for been [sic] a friend/ 2-5-1967 John."
The guitar has an intriguing place in Beatles history. There is the fractured relationship between the Beatles and Madras. The difference in Bennett and Denney’s memories on whether there were one or two guitars built. Also the disappearance and reappearance of the guitar give it an aura of unusual mystery in Beatles lore.
The guitar is discussed by Andy Babiuk in his book "Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s instruments, from Stage to Studio" and seen in "Beat Instrumental" Nvember 1967 which shows an image of George Harrison playing the guitar on page 24 and is included with this lot.
LITERATURE "Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments, From Stage to Studio" by Andy Babiuk (San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2002). It’s one of the few guitars known to exist that was played by both John Lennon and George Harrison and the historic
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