A 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar used by John Lennon to write and record early Beatles hits is estimated to sell for between $600,000 and $800,000 at Julien’s Auction this November. Lennon purchased the instrument in September 1962 and used it to record “P.S. I Love You” and “Love Me Do” during the band’s September 11th session at London’s EMI Studios. Reportedly, Lennon also used the guitar in the early writing sessions with Paul McCartney that yielded songs like “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Please, Please, Me,” “All My Loving,” “From Me to You” and “This Boy.” The Gibson then went missing in December 1963 during the Beatles’ Finsbury Park Christmas Show, and remained so until it was identified and authenticated last year.
The guitar, which Amateur guitarist John McCaw purchased in San Diego in the 1970s for “a couple of hundred dollars,” will be displayed at two summer exhibitions: the L.B.J. Presidential Library in Austin, Texas (from June 13th to 29th) and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles (from July 2nd to September 7th) before being put on public display at Julien’s from November 2nd to 6th. The auction is scheduled for November 6th and 7th.