Newly Recovered John Lennon Guitar To Be Auctioned
(Radio.com) An item like the guitar John Lennon used to record early Beatles hit “Love Me Do” might be called priceless by some, but in reality, everything has a price, and the one for this guitar is between an estimated $600,000 and $800,000.
Yes, the newly recovered instrument, a 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic that was missing for nearly 50 years, is hitting the auction blocks. As Rolling Stone tells it, Lennon purchased the guitar in September 1962 and used it to write a number of classics with Paul McCartney, including “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Please, Please, Me,” “All My Loving,” “From Me to You” and “This Boy.”
The guitar later went missing in 1963, at a Beatles concert at the Finsbury Park Christmas Show, only to be found and authenticated last year. It was apparently purchased by an amateur guitar player named John McCaw in the 1970s for a couple hundred dollars. Later, a friend noticed the guitar in a book of Beatles memorabilia.