Legendary musician George Harrison’s rare Maton Master Sound guitar, which he played at The Beatles’ final Cavern gig, is expected to fetch between 300,000 pound and 400,000 pound at an auction.
The instrument, which is being sold by a UK private collector, will be auctioned at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Wiltshire, on September 12, reported BBC.
“This guitar is something very special - a direct link to the early days of Beatlemania and those era-defining gigs at the Cavern Club. Just touching it makes your fingers tingle. We’re expecting interest from right around the world. It’s very rare for one of George Harrison’s guitars to come up for auction.
“In this case we have excellent provenance including letters and photographs. The guitar is also documented in books about the Beatles,” auctioneer Luke Hobbs said.
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The guitar was played by Harrison during the summer of 1963 while his regular guitar was being repaired.
After Harrison returned the Maton guitar to the repair shop, it was bought by Roy Barber, the guitarist with Dave Berry And The Cruisers, who went on to give hits with Memphis, Tennessee and The Crying Game.
Following Barber’s death in 2000, the guitar was exhibited at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool and auctioned in New York in 2015 for $ 485,000.