George Harrison’ Guitar Sells for $455.000

A piece of rock history went under the hammer recently, the very same guitar that George Harrison’ played at the Beatles’ last ever appearance at the Cavern Club in 1963. The guitar was sold for a staggering (£347,000.) $455.000

The guitar was an Australian-made Maton Master Sound MS-500 and was part of the UK’s biggest ever guitar auction at Gardiner Houlgate Auctions in Corsham, Wiltshire.

And as is with a lot of the type of auctions, the guitar was purchased by an unnamed overseas private collector via the phone.

The sales auctioneer, Luke Hobbs said of the sale: “I’m delighted with the way things went. To have been able to handle and care for a guitar as famous as George Harrison’s and then sell it for a good price is a real honour.

“Interest in the sale was very high. It’s been a record auction in every way.”

Adding: “The George Harrison guitar attracted lots of international attention with most of the major collectors bidding over the phone. Bids came slowly at first, but then the pace really picked up.

“When the hammer came down, there was a round of applause in the auction room.”

The guitar was originally loaned to Harrison by Manchester repair shop Barratts while his regular guitar was being repaired. He used the guitar during a run of Beatle shows ending with the bands final show at the Cavern club on August 3rd, 1963.