A Guitar Once Owned by John Lennon and George Harrison Turned Up on the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ (Valued at £400,000)



Rock Cellar Magazine

If you watch Antiques Roadshow, you know you’re going to bear witness to some incredible artifacts — maybe a Civil War-era piece of art worth thousands, maybe an ancient teddy bear with tremendous built-up value … or, maybe, a guitar once owned by John Lennon and George Harrison.

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow program aired a segment over the weekend in which a man named Ray presented a prototype fretless guitar that once belonged to the pair of Beatles legends:

The BBC published an article about the special guitar and its owner, a man named Ray. An excerpt:

Bartell’s of California made the instrument, which the owner, Ray, described as “a strange old thing to play”.

A photograph in the episode shows the guitar among Harrison’s collection.

Antiques Roadshow expert Jon Baddeley said: “What’s really important is the provenance and there it was in the photograph – in George Harrison’s collection. Wow, you can’t do better than that.”

Valuing the guitar at between £300,000 and £400,000, he added: “I think in 25 years it’s by far the most expensive thing I’ve ever seen.”

The owner also said he still plays the guitar regularly — but we have to wonder if he’s going to keep that up now that it’s said to be worth nearly half a million pounds …


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