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Julien's Auctions Unveils John Lennon's Long-Lost 'Help!' Guitar

Beatles fans rejoice.

In a momentous discovery that has sent shockwaves through the music world, the long-lost Framus 12-string Hootenanny acoustic guitar belonging to none other than John Lennon of The Beatles has resurfaced after an astounding 50 years of being hidden away in an attic. This iconic guitar, which played a pivotal role in shaping The Beatles' legendary sound during their illustrious 1960s era, has emerged as a historic find that promises to captivate fans and collectors alike.

With its rich history intertwined with some of The Beatles' most iconic recordings, including hits like "Help!", "You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away," and "Norwegian Wood," this Framus guitar holds a special place in music history. Believed to have been lost for decades, its recent discovery has sparked widespread excitement and anticipation.

Julien’s Auctions, renowned for its expertise in music memorabilia, is set to showcase this historic artefact at its upcoming MUSIC ICONS two-day auction event, scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th, and Thursday, May 30th, 2024. Held live at the prestigious Hard Rock Cafe in New York and accessible online, this auction promises to be a momentous occasion for music enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. Expected to set a new world record for the highest-selling Beatles guitar, this Framus 12-string is estimated to fetch between US$600,000 to $800,000. Its significance lies not only in its association with one of the greatest bands in music history but also in its rare and storied journey from obscurity to prominence.

Once owned by Gordon Waller of Peter & Gordon fame before finding its way into the hands of The Beatles' road managers, this guitar remained hidden in the British countryside for over half a century. Its recent discovery, followed by its authentication by Julien’s Auctions founders Darren Julien and Martin Nolan, has brought this legendary instrument back into the spotlight. The emotional reunion of the guitar with Ringo Starr, one of its former bandmates, serves as a poignant reminder of the magical era shared by The Beatles. Ringo expressed his joy at seeing the guitar again, thanks to the efforts of the team at Julien’s Auctions, marking a sentimental moment in music history.

With a legacy that rivals some of the most prized artefacts in the music world, the Framus 12-string guitar adds another chapter to The Beatles' enduring legacy. Its upcoming auction represents a rare opportunity for collectors to own a piece of music history and celebrate the timeless magic of The Beatles for generations to come. Register to bid online at Julien’s Auctions

Julien's Auctions Public Exhibition & Live Auction Locations


London: Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus Criterion Building 225-229 Piccadilly London W1J 9HR

Tuesday, April 23rd - Monday, April 29th, 2024


Hard Rock Cafe New York, 1501 Broadway-Times Square, New York, NY 10036

Exhibition: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 – Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Free to the public: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Eastern Time daily

Live & Online Auction

Music Icons: The Randy Bachman Collection

Wednesday, May 29th, 10:00 am Eastern Time

Music Icons

Thursday, May 30th, 10:00 am Eastern Time