George Harrison’s First Electric Guitar Headed to Auction

May 7, 2018
The Beatles

Press Association

George Harrison’s very first electric guitar—a Hofner Club 40—is up for grabs through Julien’s Auctions.

Harrison used the guitar throughout Liverpool before the Fab Four existed as The Beatles—back when they were The Quarrymen and had yet to add Ringo Starr to the lineup.

According to Guitar World, Harrison donated the guitar to a band competition in promotion of The Beatles’ 1966 tour in Germany. There, it was won by a German band called Faces and remained in the possession the band’s singer Frank Dostal until his 2017 death, when his widow gave the guitar to Julien’s Auctions.

NEW YORK (AP) — George Harrison’s first electric guitar is up for auction. Julien’s Auctions says Harrison played the Hoffner Club 40 when The Beatles played around Liverpool, England, as The Quarrymen. Harrison traded his acoustic guitar for the electric model with Ray Ennis, who was a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans. Harrison donated it to a band competition in 1965 and it was won by a member of a German band who died in 2017. His widow is putting it up for auction. The auction house estimates the guitar will sell for between $200,000 and $300,000. A 1965 Fender Telecaster owned by The Band’s Robbie Robertson played by Harrison, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan is also on the block and estimated to sell between $400,000 and $600,000. The auction will take place at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe on May 19.

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Harrison’s guitar will surface at the auction block on May 19 alongside Eric Clapton’s Epiphone Granada from The Yardbirds days and Bob Dylan’s 1965 Fender Telecaster from his electric tour.

It’s already been estimated that the Hofner Club 40 will sell for around $200,000-$300,000.