A guitar played by The Beatles front man John Lennon is to go into auction and is estimated to fetch up to £600,000. The 1960’s Gretch 6120 electric guitar was part of John Lennon’s guitar collection and used on the recording of The Beatles hit track “Paperback Writer” which was recorded and produced at London’s famous Abbey Road studios in 1966. The record written my John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney made it to number one in the UK and US music charts.
The guitar was given to David Birch, John Lennon’s cousin when he was invited to the singer’s Surrey home in Weybridge. Mr Birch said in a recent interview “I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars. I had my eye on a blue Fender Stratocaster that was lying in the studio but John suggested the Gretsch and gave it to me as we were talking“. Mr Birch hasn’t given a reason as to why he wishes to sell the guitar but has claimed that the guitar has only ever had two owners, his cousin Lennon and himself. The instrument is due to go into an online auction beginning on the 14th of November and concludes with a live auction on November 23.