Updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:54 | By Agence France-Presse

Rare Beatles' guitar goes to New York auction

This guitar may not quite gently weep, but it could at least make a well-heeled Beatles fan cry with happiness.


Rare Beatles' guitar goes to New York auction

Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, holds a rare VOX guitar, played by Beatles members John Lennon and George Harrison, at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on May 13, 2013. The event precedes the Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction event to take place at Hard Rock Cafe in New York on May 18.

The VOX guitar played both by John Lennon and George Harrison is expected to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000 at auction in New York's Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday.

The custom-made instrument is the main lot in the Julien's Auctions sale.

Harrison used it while practicing "I am the Walrus" and Lennon while recording a video session for "Hello, Goodbye." It was given by Lennon to Apple Records electronics engineer Yanni "Magic Alex" Mardas in 1967, Julien's said.

It's a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever to be offered," the auction house said.

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