John Lennon’s ‘Love Me Do’ Guitar Sells for Record $2.4 Million

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Guitar stolen from John Lennon after recording early Beatles hits is sold for £1.6million.

The instrument fetched one of the highest prices ever for an item or rock’n roll memorabilia when it went under the hammer at an auction in Beverley Hills.

John Lennon’s long-lost acoustic Gibson J-160E, used in the recording of the Beatles’ Please Please Me and With the Beatles LPs, shattered all estimates Saturday on the Julien’s Live auction block, as the instrument sold for $2.41 million, a record for a guitar with music history significance.BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write “Love Me Do,” ”I Want to Hold Your Hand” and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction.

The 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar had been owned for decades by novice musician John McCaw, who bought it in the late 1960s without knowing it had been stolen from the Beatle several years before. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the guitar, which was stolen at a December 1963 Christmas concert, will go toward the Spirit Foundation, a charitable organisation formed by Lennon and his widow, Yoko Ono. The guitar’s whereabouts was unknown for over 50 years until a California man discovered last year that a guitar in his possession may have historical value.

The auction’s founder, Darren Julien, said he had high expectations for the enviable piece of Fab Four memorabilia, but even he didn’t think it to do so well on the block. “It’s such an important part of Lennon’s career and Beatles history,” Julien told Reuters. “I knew it would go over $1 million. I Love You,” but it resurfaced in a San Diego music shop in the summer of 1967; however, the purchaser had no idea the guitar once belonged to Lennon.

Another enormous seller at the auction was The Beatles’ drum head used during their legendary 1964 debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which went for an eye-popping $2.1 million. The drum head that the Beatles used in their landmark performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” was auctioned Saturday for $2.1 million, the auction house said. A white Fender Stratocaster signed by an army of guitar gods – Keith Richards, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and others – sold for $2.7 million at a charity auction for tsunami victims in 2007. Meanwhile, the highly recognizable green sweater worn by singer Kurt Cobain at Nirvana’s 1993 “MTV Unplugged” show earned $140,800 at Saturday’s auction, according to Seattle news station KIRO TV.

The drumhead was also used at the Beatles’ first U.S. concert at Washington Coliseum on February 11th, 1964 as well as other stops along the Beatles’ inaugural North American visit. That critically acclaimed performance, which is often listed among the best live shows of all time, took place just four months before Cobain committed suicide. Another significant item on the auction block – Kurt Cobain’s green cardigan, worn by the singer during Nirvana’s legendary MTV Unplugged performance – more than doubled its $60,000 estimate.

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