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Lennon guitar sells for Rs 1.6 crore

world Updated: Jul 03, 2009 15:53 IST

The Beatles dominated a Christie's homage sale to idols of rock and pop with memorabilia belonging to the Fab Four raking in crores while a 1958 guitar of its lead singer John Lennon alone fetched a staggering 205,250 pounds.

The auction of rare concert posters, autographs and personally-owned instruments of music legends here on July 1 totalled 782,412.00 pounds (Rs 6.15 crore).

Memorabilia involving all the four band members of Beatles sold for 157,464 pounds. The Hofner Senator was one of Lennon's first guitars going back to the early days in Liverpool in the 1960s and was estimated at 100,00-150,000 pounds but it sold for 205,250 pounds (Rs 1.6 crore).

A rare hand drawn placard inscribed by Lennon in French in large black letters with the slogan 'L'mour Et La Paix'(love and peace) and signed by both him and wife Yoko Ono sold for 73,250 pounds.

While a set of the singer's early photocopied and annotated lyric sheets for his groundbreaking album 'Imagine' (1971) went under the hammer for 25,000 pounds.

A Harmony Stratotone guitar used by Brian Jones, one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones, was bought for 79,250 pounds, the second highest price in the auction.

Beatle Paul McCartney's 1970s Hofner 5000/1 Bass guitar sold for 10,625 pounds while the original album cover artwork for Metallica's second album 'Ride The Lightning' fetched 9,375 pounds.

A homage to the idols of rock and pop from Jones to Jimi Hendrix, Lennon and McCartney and the Stone Roses to Oasis, the sale brought together the greats from the last 50 years.