Beatles guitar

A custom-made electric guitar played by Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison has sold at a New York auction for $US408,000.

George Harrison practiced the Beatles hit I Am The Walrus with the instrument; John Lennon used it in a video session for the song Hello, Goodbye.

The price is nowhere near the highest paid for a guitar – that was $US3.7 million for a guitar sold at auction in Qatar in 2005, to raise funds for tsunami victims. The guitar is signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus & Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams. It was initially by the Qatari Royal family for $1 million and then donated back to the charity, after which it was sold again for a price of $2.7 million, meaning that this guitar has generated a total of $3.7 million.

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