Footage of John Lennon and George Harrison recording 'How Do You Sleep?'
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Guitar once owned by John Lennon and George Harrison valued at £400k

A guitar once owned by The Beatles duo George Harrison and John Lennon has been featured on popular BBC show the Antiques Roadshow.

The prototype fretless guitar, made in the 1960s, appeared on a recent episode of the show and valued at an eyewatering figure of £400,000.

The current owner of the guitar, Ray, said that Harrison gave him the instrument after he recorded sessions for a film company co-founded by The Beatles member: “I played a few notes and he said: ‘Yeah, you’re definitely getting more out of it than I am. It’s doing better for you, why don’t you have it’,” Ray explained.

Antiques Roadshow expert Jon Baddeley said: “I think in 25 years it’s by far the most expensive thing I’ve ever seen.”

“What’s really important is the provenance and there it was in the photograph— in George Harrison’s collection. Wow, you can’t do better than that.”

He added: “You know to a guitar collector it’s initially a very rare guitar. Then to somebody who’s a Beatles fan, to own a guitar that was once owned by both John Lennon and George Harrison, can you get a better history? Two of the most important rock stars of the 20th century.”

Shocked by the evaluation of his guitar, the owner admitted that he had no idea of its worth and that he still plays the instrument on a regular basis: “I never really thought about value, as George being a mate and all that,” he said. “I don’t know what to say actually, I’m really taken aback by it.

He added: “I didn’t realise it was worth that much money. It’s lucky I don’t keep it in the house.”

See the clip, below.

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