Beatles guitar taken from final gig at the Cavern Club heads to auction
A guitar taken from the Beatles final ever performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club is preparing to be sold at Auction.
The guitar, which was played by George Harrison, was used during the band’s the iconic venue which took place in 1963.
The guitar itself is a Maton Mastersound MS-500, Australian made instrument which auctioneers expect to sell for something in the region of £300,000 to £400,000. The auction will take place in Wilshire next month.
The history of the guitar suggests that it was only used by Harrison during the summer of 1963 while his original guitar was in for repairs. Upon its return, Harrison sold the Maton Mastersound MS-500 to Roy Barber who, at the time, was a guitarist with Dave Berry And The Cruisers.
Following Barber’s death, the guitar headed to The Beatles Story museum before being auctioned off in New York for an eye-watering sum of £373,000 in 2015.
Auctioneer Luke Hobbs told the BBC: “The guitar is something very special – a direct link to the early days of Beatlemania.
“We’re expecting interest from right around the world,” he added.
According to the auction house, the guitar was used during the recording of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘This Boy’ in October 1963.