(JULIEN'S AUCTIONS) - An electric guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison at the height of the Beatles' fame is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 at auction in May, Julien's Auctions said on Thursday (March 21).
The VOX custom-built guitar, the centerpiece of a "Music Icons" auction, was played by the two late pop stars during the British band's "Magical Mystery Tour" period.
Harrison used it to practice the 1967 song "I Am the Walrus," while Lennon played the guitar the same year while recording a video session for "Hello, Goodbye." Both songs were included on the "Magical Mystery Tour" album.
Other Beatles items for sale at the May 18 auction in New York include a copy of the band's 1963 debut album "Please Please Me," signed by all four band members and which has an estimated price of between $30,000 and $50,000. A copy of Lennon's whimsical 1964 book of stories and drawings "In His Own Write" - also signed by the band - could fetch up to $30,000.