Beatles fans better sit up and take notice: a guitar owned by George Harrison will be put on the auction block by Julien’s Auctions next week, joined by other instruments owned by world famous artists. The Hofner Club 40 was actually the very first electric guitar owned by The Quiet Beatle and was used long before the band found superstardom, back when they were still performing for local audiences in Liverpool.
The guitar was ultimately donated to a band competition that would help promote The Beatles’ 1966 German tour in 1965 and bears the autographs of the band members. The competition was won by German band Faces whose singer and guitarist Frank Dostal held onto the guitar until 2017 when he passed away. His widow Mary Dostal was the one to offer the guitar to Julien’s Auctions. It is estimated to bring in between $200,000 and $300,000.
“Most of the actual instruments that The Beatles used they still own, but there are a few instruments still out there,” said Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition, “One of them is George Harrison’s very first electric guitar, the Hofner Club 40.”
“George Harrison considered the Hofner as one of his favorite guitars [as it] was the third guitar he ever owned,” he added. “It is one of the most historically important guitars as it marks the chapter in music history when The Beatles transitioned to a rock and roll band playing electric guitars.”
George Harrison’s Hofner will be joined at auction, by guitars owned by Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.