It is crazy for how high an amount can things of popular stars be sold! Yes, a guitar stolen from John Lennon in the 1960s has been recently sold for a whopping 1.6 million Euros. It is said that in the year 1962, a J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar was stolen at a December 1963 Christmas concert. This guitar was used to write and record early Beatles classic hits.
With this amount, this instrument has become one which has fetched one of the highest prices ever for a rock n roll memorabilia or object during an action in Beverly Hills. The guitar had been owned for decades by a new and novice musician John McCaw, who had bought it in the late 1960s but he didn’t know at that time that it had been stolen from the Beatles many years ago. Half of the amount from the sale of the guitar will go toward the Spirit Foundation, which is a charitable organization that was formed by Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono.
The authenticity of the guitar was found out by the wood grain and wear in the front of it as well as by matching the serial number. As of now, the purchaser who paid an amount of $2.41 million has asked to remain anonymous. It is important to note that the guitar was in the possession of the artist for just one year but is still counted as one musical piece with an illustrious musical history.
The guitar was bought by John Lennon at a Liverpool music shop for 161 Euros in 1962. Some of the songs which he recorded on it included P.S. I love you and Love me do, both of which went on to become classical hits which are still known till date.
The auctioneer Darren Julien said “It’s such an important part of Lennon’s career and Beatles history. I knew it would go over $1 million. I had no idea it would go over $2 million.” The price surpasses the amount which was paid at a 2013 Christie’s auction for the electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where he shocked folk traditionalists and others with a few rock songs. The record of the most expensive musical memorabilia in history goes to a handwritten music for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which was sold for $3 million.