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Harrison guitar fetches £276,000
George Harrison
Harrison received guitar lessons from a friend of his father's
An acoustic guitar on which the late Beatle George Harrison learned to play has fetched £276,000 at auction.

The Dutch-made Egmond guitar, nearly 50 years old, was originally bought for Harrison by his father for about £3.50.

Harrison, who died in 2001, recalled it as "a real cheapo, horrible little guitar but it was OK at the time".

A Fender Stratocaster guitar given by Harrison to Spike Milligan fetched £17,250 at the sale at London's Hard Rock Cafe by auctioneers Cooper Owen.

"It's funny how little things can change your whole life," the Beatles guitarist, who died of cancer in 2001, once recalled about the Egmond.

Broken

"Don't ask me why he chose a guitar instead of a mouth organ or something. They certainly weren't popular at the time. Anyway, I learnt my first basic chords on it," he said.

Harrison was taught the guitar by his father's friend Len Houghton in weekly lessons.

The guitar broke after Harrison tried to fix it with a screwdriver, but his brother Peter managed to fix it for him. By then the neck had warped and the guitar frets buzzed.

Another item auctioned was a signed invitation to the post-première celebrations for the Beatles' Hard Days Night film, which went for £17,250. The invite had been sent to Harrison's friend, the actor Victor Spinetti.

Beatle John Lennon had written on the invite: John Lennon writing: "To Victor a chip off the old potato John Lennon."




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