John Lennon’s ‘Help!’ Guitar Just Sold for a Record $2.9M. at Auction

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John Lennon’s guitar needed no help setting a new world record on Wednesday.

The famous “Help!” Framus Hootenanny hammered down an astonishing $2.86 million during Julien’s two-day Music Icons sale at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, making it the most expensive Beatles guitar ever sold at auction. (The record was previously held by Lennon’s J-160E Gibson, which sold for $2.41 million in 2015.) The instrument was initially expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000 but achieved three times the high estimate. It was sold to a telephone bidder.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to have set a new world record with the sale of John Lennon’s lost hootenanny guitar,” Julien’s Auctions CEO David Goodman said in a statement. “This guitar is not only a piece of music history but a symbol of John Lennon’s enduring legacy.”


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John Lennon’s ‘Help!’ Guitar Just Sold for a Record $2.9M. at Auction