My favourite piece in the forthcoming Christie’s auction: John Lennon’s guitar plectrum, used by him on stage in 1964, scratched with his initials “JL”. Another hugely rare piece.
A very exciting piece coming up for sale at Christie’s, London on 20 June, 2014: Paul McCartney’s handwritten recording notes for “Hey Jude”, 1968. Paul McCartney handwritten pieces from the Beatles era just never appear on the market so this is a really unique opportunity.
George Harrison’s 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar has been sold at Julien’s Auctions for $657,000 (£329,000). The guitar was played by George on stage and on various occasions in 1963, including during the U.K. television show “Ready Steady Go!”. It just about beat the previous record for a Beatles guitar held by the Gibson SG played by George and John sold at Christie’s in 2004 for $567,000.
I’m speechless about this one!
A letter written by John Lennon to Phil Spector in the mid 1970s has sold for £53,000 at an online auction – over seven times its estimated pre-auction price of £7,000.
Penned in red ink, Lennon wrote the letter at an unknown studio in New York sometime during his ‘Lost Weekend’ – an 18-month period during 1973-75 when the former Beatle had split up from his wife, Yoko Ono.
The letter, titled, ‘A Matter Of Pee’, stated that Lennon had been warned by his record label Capitol that he faced being evicted from the studio. Referring to The Who drummer Keith Moon and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, Lennon stated: “Should you not know, it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console!”