Custom Built Vox Played by The Beatles to go Under the Hammer -
A custom Vox guitar played by Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison is currently on display in London prior to going under the hammer at a US auction next month.
The custom built semi-acoustic Vox, which was crafted by Mike Bennet and Dick Denney in 1966, features ornate woodwork, extensive built-in electrics and scrolling cutaways and is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 according to Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions.
A centerpiece of Julien's 'Music Icons' auction, taking place on May 18, the guitar was played by Lennon and Harrison during the Fab Four's Magical Mystery Tour period in 1967. According to Beatles archives Harrison used the guitar to rehearse his part on 'I Am the Walrus,' and Lennon supposedly played the guitar while recording a video session for 'Hello, Goodbye.'
Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, called the guitar "one of the most historical pieces of music memorabilia ever offered by the auction house."
The uniquely rare Vox guitar is on public display at The Stafford London Hotel, St James Place, SW1 until May 11th.
The 1966 Rare Custom Vox Guitar