LOS ANGELES (Web Desk) – An acoustic guitar played by John Lennon has been sold at auction in California for $2.4m (£1.5m).

Lennon is thought to have recorded and written a number of hit songs, including Love Me Do and I Want to Hold Your Hand, on the Gibson J-160E.


The guitar was one of only two of its type flown from the US to England in 1962 for Lennon and George Harrison.

Lennon used the guitar for about a year before swapping it with Harrison in 1963, after which vanished.

For more than 50 years the guitar’s whereabouts remained unknown until a man in California discovered last year that an instrument in his possession may have historical value.


The man has been named as John McCaw from San Diego, who bought the guitar for $275 in the late 1960s.

Last year he found an old magazine article about Harrison, which featured a photo of the instrument, the BBC reported.

It was then looked at by an expert who was able to identify the guitar by its unique markings as the one Lennon used.