The acoustic guitar John Lennon used during the recording of The Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘She Loves You’ and other songs sold at auction last week for $2.4 million.
Lennon purchased the 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar in September of 1962 for £161 which was big money then.
The price achieved was significantly higher than the estimate of $600,000 to $800,000 put on the instrument.
The story goes that the guitar went missing during a Beatles’ Christmas Show in London in 1963.
Without knowing its history, an amateur guitarist and collector purchased the guitar in San Diego in the 1970s for a couple of hundred dollars and it was only identified and authenticated as the ‘Missing Lennon Guitar’ last year.
I am not aware of the legal situation regarding ownership of the instrument and the identity of the seller of the guitar has not been disclosed.