A mystery buyer with money to burn just gained a piece of music history. Juliens Auctions announced Saturday that the acoustic Gibson guitar stolen from John Lennon in the ’60s was sold for $2.4 million to an undisclosed recipient.
Lennon and fellow Beatles member George Harrison each purchased a J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar in 1962. Lennon would use his instrument to write a number of the band’s hit songs, including “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” and “From Me To You.”
The guitar was stolen after a concert in December 1963 and would be lost for 50 years. In a press release from the auction house, John McCaw of San Diego recalled how he had purchased an instrument that would soon be revealed to be this same J-160E. After making the connection through a 2012 magazine cover story titled the “George Harrison Collection,” he reached out to an expert who was able to match the serial numbers.
See photos of the guitar below.
— Juliens Auctions (@JuliensAuctions) November 8, 2015
Also sold during the auction was a Beatles drum head sold for $2.1 million. As originally announced by Julien Auctions, a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Spirit Foundation, a non-profit founded by Lennon and Yoko Ono.