George Harrison's Futurama Guitar used on Beatles' Legendary Hamburg Tours at Entertainment Memorabilia

The late 1950s Futurama guitar used by George Harrison during the Beatles' legendary Hamburg tours, is to be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale in London on Wednesday 12 June. It has an estimate of £200,000-300,000.

This historically important guitar, which comes in its original case embellished with Hamburg stickers, has never been seen on the market before; it has impeccable provenance and is extremely well-documented.

Harrison bought the instrument at Hessy's music shop in Liverpool in November 1959. He used it during the Beatles' two lengthy club residencies in Hamburg in 1960 and 1961, and on numerous gigs throughout the 18 months he played it. He is, for example, seen playing it in pictures of the Beatles' audition for Larry Parnes, the music impresario, and on the group's tour of Scotland in 1960.

In 1964, George Harrison gave the guitar to Beat Instrumental Magazine to offer as a competition prize. The winner of the competition opted for a cash prize rather than the guitar, which remained with the magazine. The guitar is now being offered by a relative of the former editor.

Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia specialist, Claire Tole-Moir, said, "It is both rare and exciting to see a Beatles' guitar of this nature come onto the market. George Harrison is one of the biggest names in Rock and Roll history, and we are privileged to be handling such a special guitar that dates from an early period in the Beatles' history, when the band were learning their craft and developing their sound that was soon to sweep the world. It has been treasured for so many years and comes to auction for the very first time. I anticipate huge interest from collectors."


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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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