A Maton Mastersound guitar used by the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has sold for more than £300,000 at auction
guitar previously used by the Fab Four’s George Harrison has gone under the hammer for over £300,000, selling for a whopping £308,000. The instrument is a Maton Mastersound guitar and was used by Harrison at a number of concerts in July and August of 1963, including a performance in Harrison’s hometown of Liverpool.
Julien’s Auctions explain that Harrison was lent the instrument by Barratts Music Store while his Country Gent was being repaired. Later on it was then bought by Roy Barber, who played guitar in Dave Berry and The Cruisers, with Barber aware that he had become the owner of one of Harrison’s guitars. Barber then played the guitar for a number of years before it was put into storage. It was then auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2002 after Barber’s death.
Despite being bought for such a high fee, the guitar did not claim the highest selling price for one of Harrison’s instruments. Just last year Harrison’s 1962 Rickenbacker 425 – which was used during the October 1963 recording of I Want To Hold Your Hand and This Boy – was sold for an eye-watering £390,653.