John Lennon's Old-Ass Guitar Is Being Auctioned Off After Being Found in an Attic

The Framus 12-string Hootenanny acoustic guitar was used on 'Help!' and 'Rubber Soul'

BY Kaelen BellPublished Apr 23, 2024

Are you a fan of old-ass guitars and also have tons of disposable income? Then here's the story for you. John Lennon's long-lost guitar — which he used during the making of Help! and had spent the last 50 years in an attic, is headed to auction. 

Both Lennon and George Harrison played the Framus 12-string Hootenanny acoustic guitar while creating Help! — the album and film — and Rubber Soul. It's the guitar that Lennon is strumming during the performance of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" in the Help! film, and you can hear it on "Help!", "It's Only Love," "I've Just Seen a Face," "Girl" and "Norwegian Wood." 

The guitar eventually ended up with Gordon Waller, the Scottish singer-songwriter who, along with Peter Asher, was one-half of the duo Peter and Gordon before being passed along to one of the duo's road managers. Fifty years later, it was discovered in an attic in the British countryside, while the original guitar case was rescued from the trash.

This storied guitar will be auctioned off as part of the upcoming "Music Icons" sale at Julien's Auctions on May 29 and 30. It currently has an estimated price of more than $800,000 CAD, but it's projected to potentially surpass the $2.4 million spent on Lennon's Gibson J160E when it sold in 2015. The lot includes the guitar, the case and a copy of the book The Beatles: Photographs from the Set of Help!, featuring images by Emilio Lari. 

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