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Rare Beatles guitar sells for $408,000 at Julien's Auctions Music Icons Event in New York
Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien's Auction's, holds a rare Vox guitar, played by Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney which was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by Lennon in 1967, during a press call by Julien’s Auctions at Hard Rock Cafe New York on May 13, 2013 . The exhibit precedes the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction event to take place at Hard Rock Cafe New York on May 18. Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY.
NEW YORK, NY.- A rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, has sold at Julien’s Auctions today during the annual Music Icons auction event held at the Hard Rock Café New York. The rare offering of the VOX guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison has been the focus of extraordinary major global press as it made its way through several exhibitions prior to the auction. The guitar was displayed at Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Ireland and also The Stafford Kempinski Hotel in London before coming to New York where it was on exhibit at the Hard Rock Café New York all this week. The striking custom guitar built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967. Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye.” The spectacular piece of Beatles history sold for $408,000.

The bidding remained fast and furious throughout the entire day as Music Icons also featured a collection of over 450 items of famed music memorabilia including more items from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, King of Pop Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, The Rolling Stones, David Cassidy, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Amongst the other highlights of today’s auction were:

Conway Twitty’s 1957 Gretsch Guitar Sold For: $23,750
• Elvis Presley’s Pants worn in “Jailhouse Rock” Sold For: $12,500
• Elvis Presley’s Hammond Organ Sold For: $34,375
• Elvis Presley’s Sy Devore Stage Worn Jacket Sold For: $34,75
• Elvis Presley’s Stage Worn and Inscribed Shoes Sold For: $46,875
• Elvis Presley’s Hagstrom Electric Guitar Sold For: $50,000
• Elvis Presley Owned Slot Machine Sold For: $15,000
• Elvis Presley Worn Sunglasses Sold For: $28,125
• David Cassidy Stage Worn Jumpsuit Sold For: $18,750






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