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A guitar bought for €250 sold for €2.2 million last night

It once belonged to John Lennon, in fairness.

The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964.
The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964.
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AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR that John Lennon used to record and write Love Me Do, I Want to Hold Your Hand and other hit songs has sold for €2.2 million at auction.

Julien’s Auctions said the Gibson J-160E guitar was sold Saturday to an undisclosed buyer.

The auction house said the guitar was one of only two of its type flown from America to England in 1962 for Lennon and George Harrison. Lennon used the guitar for about a year before swapping it with Harrison; it later went missing during a Christmas concert in 1963.

The guitar’s whereabouts was unknown for over 50 years until a California man discovered last year that a guitar in his possession may have historical value.

John McCaw of San Diego, who bought the guitar in the late 1960s for $275 (€256), stumbled on an old magazine story about Harrison, which featured a photo of the instrument which bore similar markings as his guitar.

An expert was able match the guitar’s serial number, wood grain and markings to the one Lennon used in the early 1960s, Julien’s Auction said in a news release.

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