Amazing story. John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson Acoustic/Electric J-160e guitar, which went missing for 50 years and was found in a junk shop, is up for auction.


Both George Harrison and John Lennon purchased identical Gibson J-160e guitars and they featured on every Beatle album. Sometime Harrison and Lennon had swapped the guitars, possibly by accident. The one George had is still in the Harrison Estate, but John’s was thought to have been stolen over 50 years ago.

Well now it has been found and verified authentic. It may fetch record numbers in a planned Julien auction.

The guitar’s authenticity was verified by Andy Babiuk, who has written about musical equipment used by the Beatles, by matching the guitar’s serial number, wood grain and scratches to photographs and videos of Lennon playing the instrument. Read more here and here.