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Beatles' guitar sold for 294,000
Gibson SG guitar
Harrison used the guitar during the recording of the album Revolver
A guitar played by George Harrison and John Lennon has fetched 294,000 ($570,000) at auction in New York.

The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to 1969, including during the recording of Revolver, and by Lennon during White Album sessions.

Other lots in the Christie's auction included a letter by Kurt Cobain, which fetched almost 10,000 ($19,400), and a school book report by Britney Spears (1,000).

The rock and entertainment memorabilia auction raised more than 1.1m ($2.13m) in total.

Hall of Fame

George Harrison had given the Gibson guitar to Peter Ham - of the rock band Badfinger - in 1969.

George Harrison
George Harrison died of cancer in 2001

When Ham died in 1974, it was stored away by his brother and not rediscovered until the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contacted him in preparation for a Badfinger retrospective in 2002.

Since then the guitar has been on loan to the Hall of Fame, in Ohio.

It sold to an anonymous bidder on Friday.

Among 70 items of Beatles memorabilia on auction, there were also never-before-heard original tapes of an interview of Lennon by a reporter for the Washington Star newspaper from 1975.

These sold for 27,900 ($54,100).

Hallucinations

The letter by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, written in 1991 three years before his suicide, described to his then-wife Courtney Love hallucinations he experienced after taking LSD.

Three ringside photographs of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from their 1971 fight, taken by Frank Sinatra, sold for a total of around 7,500 ($14,500).

A Christie's spokesman said: "There was interest across all sectors from early Hollywood all the way through to Britney Spears' book report."



SEE ALSO:
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Beatles items smash sale targets
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'Lost 70s Beatle tape' for sale
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Beatle guitar sale gets encore
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