A guitar owned by Beatle George Harrison is expected to fetch £400,000 at auction.
George was snapped with the Australian-made Maton Master Sound MS500 at Liverpool’s Cavern Club as Beatlemania took off in 1963.
Luke Hobbs, auctioning the guitar next month at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Wilts, said: “Just touching it makes your fingers tingle.”
Now the guitar is up for auction alongside hundreds of rock and roll memorabilia, including a pair of the icon’s sunglasses, at the Gardiner Houlgate auction rooms in Corsham in Wilts next month.
George – who died 17 years ago this November – had the guitar during the summer of 1963 as Beatlemania took off in the UK and America.
Mr Hobbs added: “This guitar is something very special – a direct link to the early days of Beatlemania and those era-defining gigs at the Cavern Club….
“We’re expecting interest from right around the world. It’s very rare for one of George Harrison’s guitars to come up for auction.
“In this case we have excellent provenance including letters and photographs.
“The guitar is also documented in books about the Beatles.”
The guitar is being sold by a private collector and will be available for public viewing on September 10 and 11 before the sale on Wednesday, September 12 and is expected to sell for between £300,000 and £400,000.
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Bill May, who helped start Maton in 1958, introduced the MS500 Mastersound the guitar which has been prized by many for its revolutionary design and extreme playability.
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