George Harrison guitar sells for nearly a quarter of a million dollars

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Alesha Dixon: Being axed from Britain’s Got Talent would be a disappointment (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald).

A guitar that George Harrison played in 1963 – when Beatlemania was just beginning to take fight – sold for nearly half a million dollars at an auction at the Times Square Hard Rock Café this week.Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon said she would be “disappointed” if Simon Cowell shuffles his pack and installs new celebrity panellists for next year’s show. Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions said the 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000 Friday to an undisclosed bidder at the Music Icons auction. Barratts music store in Manchester, England, loaned Harrison the Maton Mastersound MS-500 electric guitar in 1963 for a couple of hours while his own was under repair, according to Julien’s Auctions.

Pop star and dancer Dixon, 36, said she is prepared for the talent show supremo to wield the axe following a successful few years with fellow judges Amanda Holden and David Walliams. Julien’s said Harrison borrowed it from a British music store and played it on stage several times in England and in Channel Islands in the summer of 1963.

She told the Sunday Express’s S magazine: “Truthfully, there would be an element of me that would be disappointed, but I’m a realist and I like to think I live in the real world. The former Mis-Teeq singer from Hertfordshire has just embarked on her latest stint as a BGT judge, with the audition episodes currently appearing on ITV, having previously wowed audiences herself by winning 2007′s Strictly Come Dancing. That guitar was used in the Beatles’ recording of “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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