Early George Harrison guitar leads Beatles memorabilia auction
Julien's Auctions said that an electric guitar played by George Harrison on British television prior to the Beatles' "invasion" of the United States will go on the auction block along with a rare album cover signed by the Fab Four.
Harrison's black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar is expected to fetch between 400,000 and 600,000 dollars at an auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.
Harrison, who died in 2001 at age 58, played the guitar on 1963 appearances on British TV shows "Ready Steady Go!" and "Thank Your Lucky Stars" months before the group brought Beatlemania to the United States with a series of performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964, launching the British Invasion of rock bands.