The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to 1969, featuring prominently on the band’s classic ‘Revolver’ LP, and by [a][/a] during sessions for 1968’s ‘White Album’.
The BBC reports that Harrison had given the Gibson guitar to Badfinger’s Pete Ham in 1969.
When Ham died in 1974, it was stored away by his brother and not rediscovered until the US Rock And Roll Hall of Fame contacted him in preparation for a Badfinger retrospective in 2002.
Since then the guitar has been on loan to the Hall Of Fame in Ohio. It sold to an anonymous bidder on Friday (December 17).
Among the 70 items of Beatles memorabilia on auction, there were also never-before-heard original tapes of an interview of Lennon by a reporter for the Washington Star newspaper from 1975. These sold for £27,900.
Other lots in the Christie’s auction included a letter by Kurt Cobain, which fetched almost £10,000, and a school book report by Britney Spears (£1,000).