A guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 went under the hammer for $334,000 in New York where Julien’s auction house offered a range of items that belonged to musical legends. During a 1975 concert in Asheville, North Carolina, Presley had given the guitar to fan Mike Harris, who had kept it until now. It beat auction house Julien’s estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 for Saturday’s sale. Another highlight of the auction was John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite! which sold for $354,400.
Among other interesting items was a red neoprene vinyl jacket created by Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush for Michael Jackson to wear during the 1996-1997 HIStory world tour, as well as Elvis’s first piano. The jacket was sold for $256,000, while the piano reached $140,025, which is about $60,000 more than estimated.
Lady Gaga’s first piano, whose value is estimated at $100,000, didn’t find a buyer.