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Lost John Lennon Guitar Sets New World Record at Auction

Beatles mania makes history.

Julien's Auctions, the leading rock n’ roll memorabilia auction house, made history with its two-day "MUSIC ICONS" auction on May 29th and 30th at The Hard Rock®, New York. The event featured an impressive lineup of music memorabilia from legends like John Lennon, Prince, Randy Bachman, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and more.

A standout moment was the sale of John Lennon's historic Framus 12-string Hootenanny acoustic guitar, used during the Beatles' 1965 Help! album. This iconic instrument, recently discovered in an attic after being lost for over 50 years, was sold to a telephone bidder for an unprecedented US$2,857,500 / HK$22,288,500. This makes it the most expensive Beatles guitar ever sold at auction.

David Goodman, CEO of Julien’s Auctions, expressed his excitement: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have set a new world record with the sale of John Lennon’s lost hootenanny guitar. This guitar is not only a piece of music history but a symbol of John Lennon’s enduring legacy. Today’s sale showcases what Julien’s does best - reconnecting people with cultural touchstones that have shaped important moments in their lives. This sale is a testament to the timeless appeal of The Beatles’ music and John Lennon’s influence."