George Harrison’s Cavern Club guitar expected to sell for $500,000

A high piece for rock history...

A guitar played by George Harrison during his final ever appearance at Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club is reportedly expected to sell for an eyewatering $500,000 (£386,000).

The Maton Mastersound MS-500 was first played by The Beatles star after he sent his Gretsch Country Gentleman for repairs at Manchester’s Barratts, where the owner lent him the  guitar as a temporary replacement.

But after getting back his Gretsch, Harrison decided to keep the Maton and used it during multiple Beatles shows – including their last Cavern show on Aug. 3, 1963.

Now, UK auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate claim that the unique piece of rock history could fetch up to half a million dollars when it is sold at auction next month.

George Harrison

“After the Maton was returned to Barratts, Dave Berry and The Cruisers guitarist Roy Barber swapped it for his Fender Stratocaster”, a sales listing claims.

“He was told that the guitar was The Maton used by Harrison. Barber used the guitar for several years, later putting it into storage.”

The guitar was previously sold by Barber’s widow at Sotheby’s in 2002, before it went on to feature in The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool from 2014-2018.

The auction will also see an amplifier once used by Pink Floyd and a guitar owned by late Bee Gees icon Maurice Gibb going under the hammer.

Earlier this year, Harrison’s first electric guitar also went on sale – fetching a staggering $430,000 (£332,000) after an initial estimate of just $300,000.