Two items sold at auction over the weekend fetched among the highest prices ever paid for rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Both items are from the same band: the Beatles.
“A guitar stolen from the late John Lennon in the 1960s sold for $2.41 million on Saturday at an auction in Beverly Hills, California, and a Beatles drum head went for $2.1 million,” Reuters reports.
The guitar is a 1962 J-160E Gibson acoustic, which was owned for decades by novice musician John McCaw, the report notes. McCaw bought the instrument in the late 1960s, not knowing it had been stolen from Lennon at a December 1963 Christmas concert.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Spirit Foundation, which was set up by Lennon and Yoko Ono, Reuters notes.
The buyer asked to remain anonymous.
The drum head that sold at the same auction was the one used by the Beatles in their historic 1964 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Here’s a little bit of the Beatles — and that $2.1 million drum head — on “Ed Sullivan”: