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Beatles guitar among auction items

A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison, jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan from a Paris hotel window are among a bevy of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York.

The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song “Hello Goodbye,” and by Harrison while he was practicing “I Am the Walrus” for the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, according to Julien’s Auctions, which will host the sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. It is expected to fetch $200,000 to $300,000.

The auction will include other Beatles-related items including copies of the “Butcher” album cover of the 1966 “Yesterday and Today” album estimated to sell for up to $20,000, a copy of the “Please Please Me” album signed by all four Beatles that could go as high as $50,000, and a copy with all four signatures of Lennon’s book “In His Own Write” ($20,000 to $30,000).


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