A customized VOX electric guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison sold at auction for $408,000 over the weekend (May 18) at the annual Music Icons auctions held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City’s Times Square. The guitar sold for double the expected amount at

The auction house, Julien’s Auctions stated, “The rare offering of a VOX guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison is what rock & roll legends are made of. Julien’s also noted that the sale offered “collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever to be offered.”

Harrison apparently practiced “I Am The Walrus” on the guitar, with Lennon using it in a video session for the song “Hello, Goodbye.” The auction house said the custom guitar was made guitar by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney, and was given as a gift in 1967 to “Magic Alex” Mardas, who was an engineer at Apple Records and a close friend of the Beatles. The instrument was displayed at a museum in Ireland recently after being sold a few years ago by Christie’s Auction House for more than $100,000. Get all the details at: www.billboard.com

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