Arts & Culture

Rare VOX Beatles Guitar to Be Sold in Huge Auction

BY Genevieve Belmaker TIMEMay 16, 2013 PRINT

NEW YORK—A rare collection of iconic music and entertainment memorabilia will be auctioned off in New York City Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe. The collection, which includes a rare VOX guitar used by George Harrison and John Lennon, will be auctioned on Saturday, May 18.

The annual Julien’s Auctions Music Icons auction will include a wide array of music memorabilia from a range of icons including Elvis Presley, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, David Cassidy, Bette Midler, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, and others. Also on sale will be the original eagle cape that Elvis planned to use during a 1973 Aloha From Hawaii concert, but it proved too heavy to wear. A lighter version was used during the performance.

“People have a love affair with their celebrities and their icons and we try to make it a fun time,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions.

According to Nolan, the highlight of the auction will be a custom-made VOX guitar. In 1967, Lennon gifted the instrument to “Magic Alex” Mardas. Nolan expects the instrument to sell for “significantly higher” than the estimated value of between $200,000 and $300,000.

In total there will be 400 lots for auction, and The Beatles guitar will be sold near the end as lot 384.

The auction will run from 11 a.m. until about 7 p.m. with a short break around 2 p.m. It is open to the general public and people can join at any time during the day. Buyers will be able to register and bid in person on the spot, by phone, and through a live online streaming connection from anywhere in the world.

“Auction day is always high-energy, high adrenaline. It’s a fun day,” said Martin, who added that it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. “It’s like going to a sports game.”

Martin is also expecting a lot of social media hype over the items, and the Twitter hashtag is #juliensauctions.

Genevieve Belmaker is a former reporter and editor with The Epoch Times.
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