Harrison's black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric
guitar is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000 at an
auction on May 16-17 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.
Harrison, who died in 2001 at age 58, played the guitar on 1963
appearances on British TV shows "Ready Steady Go!" and "Thank
Your Lucky Stars" months before the group brought Beatlemania to
the United States with a series of performances on "The Ed
Sullivan Show" in February 1964, launching the British Invasion
of rock bands.
The guitarist bought the instrument in 1963 in Mount Vernon,
Illinois, while on a trip to visit his sister, according to the
Beverly Hills, California, auction house.
The guitar, which Harrison had painted white and black to match
John Lennon's Rickenbacker guitar, was also used during the
sessions when the band recorded "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and
"This Boy" in October 1963.
Harrison later gave the guitar to friend and musician George
Peckham, who played it in an appearance on UK TV show "Top of
the Pops" with the band the Fourmost.
Also up for sale is a copy of the album "Beatles '65" signed by
Lennon, Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The album is
expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 because it was
rare for all four members of the group to sign copies of albums
after their popularity exploded in the United States in 1964.
A used Hofner bass rented by McCartney in the mid-1960s is
expected to sell for $30,000 to $50,000, while a signed cover by
the group of the 1963 album "Please Please Me" is expected to
bring in between $40,000 and $50,000.
An original artwork by Lennon called "Shroud of Tourin" is
estimated to sell for $20,000 to $30,000. The piece of
un-stretched canvas, created circa 1966, shows a man who looks
like Lennon with a Batman symbol on his chest and words scrawled
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los
Angeles; editing by Mary Milliken and Matthew Lewis)
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