John Lennon’s Lost ‘Help!’ Guitar Has Been Discovered After 50 Years Now Goes to Historic Auction

John Lennon’s Lost ‘Help!’ Guitar Has Been Discovered After 50 Years Now Goes to Historic Auction

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john-lennon-lost-help-guitar-discovered-historic-auctionDiscover the intriguing story behind the rediscovery of John Lennon's lost 'Help!' guitar after half a century, now set for a historic auction.

Hidden away for over five decades in the confines of a British attic, a piece of Beatles history has finally seen the light of day.

Locked in obscurity for generations, the Framus “Help!” Hootenanny’s 12-string guitar, crafted in the early 1960s in Bavaria, has resurfaced. This has marked a poignant moment in musical history. Initially priced at a modest 34 Guineas, this acoustic gem boasts a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a set mahogany neck—a recipe for a warm, distinctive sound.

The story takes a remarkable turn as John Lennon, one of the Fab Four, acquired the instrument in late 1964. Its presence during the iconic Help! sessions solidified its place in the annals of music history. The guitar made its debut during these sessions and was immortalized in photographs with both Lennon and George Harrison.

Notably, this 12-string beauty has graced numerous classic Beatles tracks, adding its melodic essence to timeless pieces such as “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “It’s Only Love,” and “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”

Its influence extends beyond mere accompaniment. It featured in the film performance of “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” and on the rhythm track for “Norwegian Wood.”

The Framus’ journey took an unexpected turn when it found itself nestled among forgotten relics in a rural UK attic. For over half a century, it lay dormant, its significance lost to time. Its discovery, however, has ignited a fervor of excitement within the music world.

Despite conservative estimates, experts anticipate that its impending auction could shatter records, potentially rivaling the staggering sale price of Kurt Cobain’s renowned Martin D-18e. This guitar’s story is not just one of rediscovery; it’s a testament to the enduring allure of musical artifacts.

As John Lennon’s iconic ‘Help!’ guitar prepares to grace the auction block after its 50-year hiatus in the attic, it symbolizes the enduring legacy of the Beatles in music history. Its remarkable journey from obscurity to the global stage highlights the timeless allure of musical relics.

Catch this historic moment at Julien’s Auctions during the “Music Icons” sale on May 29th and 30th.

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