A Gibson guitar stolen from John Lennon before it went missing for 50 years has been sold for $2.4m (€ 2.12m) at an auction last week by Julien’s Auctions in California. The Beatles star used the J-160E acoustic guitar for a year in 1962 to record and write hit songs such as “Love Me Do” and ”I Want to Hold Your Hand” to name but two. Novice musician John McCaw bought it in the late 1960s without knowing it had been stolen from Lennon at a Christmas concert in 1963. Its whereabouts were unknown for half a decade until a man in California discovered that the guitar in his possession may have historical value.

An undisclosed buyer paid one of highest prices for a piece of rock and roll memorabilia and surpasses the $965,000 ( € 854K) paid at a 2013 Christie’s auction for an electric guitar owned by Bob Dylan. So before you discard any item of memorabilia, ask yourself could this make a fortune for me in the coming years ?


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