celebrity memorabilia

John Lennon owned Vox custom guitar also played by George Harrison goes up for auction

Andrea Divirgilio / March 25, 2013

Beatles auction seem to be the flavor of the season for musical memorabilia collectors. Recently, we had the Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club cover going under the hammer, apart from sales last year of the rejected Beatles audio tape, Backwards Abbey Road photograph auction, and even George Harrison’s leather jacket going under the same process. Now a John Lennon owned Vox custom guitar, which was also use by George Harrison is now up for grabs, at the event which will take place in New York’s Hard Rock café. The expected price for this rare memorabilia is between $200,000 and $300,000. There will also be other historic auctions at the event, including the 1977 Elvis Presley organ, which could fetch between $14,000 and $16,000 as per estimates.

VOX custom guitar at Julien's auction

The guitar being played by George Harrison (left)

Julien’s auction which will be undertaking the event, has announced several high profile memorabilia from the music world at the Music Icons event 2013, which will include the VOX custom guitar played by the maestros George Harrisons and John Lenon. Built before 1967, Mike Benett and Dickey Denney were the people responsible for creation of the instrument. Later in 1967, John Lennon passed on this instrument to ‘Magic Alex’ Mardas, but not before practicing songs like the ‘I am the Walrus’ during their Magical Mystery Tour, and recording the video session for ‘Hello Goodbye’. For those looking to catch a glimpse of this artifact, do visit the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge Silverware in County Kildare in Ireland from April 16th to May 18th this year.

Elvis Presley Hammond organ

Other historic auction items include this Hammond Organ from Elvis Presley’s Graceland home bedroom, which is estimated to fetch between $14,000 and $16,000 at the auction. By 1977, Elvis had gifted the instrument to his friend and dentist, Dr. Lester Hofman after he went for check up to his home. In an authentic letter signed by Sterling Hofman, the wife of the dentist, and also by Stephen M.Shutts, who have gone on record to say the organ came as a surprise from Elvis the day his teeth had been examined. There is also a copy of the photograph showing Dr. Hofman playing this instrument, in Elvis World newsletter #71.

Via: Julien’s Auctions/ LA Times

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