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A guitar belonging to George Harrison that helped propel the Beatles to international stardom has emerged for sale for a whopping £360,000 when it goes under the hammer at Julien's Auctions in New York on May 17.<br />
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Harrison bought the 1962 Rickenbacker 425, in 1963 not long after the release of the Beatles' first single Love Me Do and played it on I Want to Hold Your Hand, the song that launched them in America.<br />
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It was originally an orange colour but Harrison insisted it was refinished in black to match a similar guitar which John Lennon owned.<br />
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Harrison played it in numerous shows including appearances on music programmes Ready, Steady, Go! and Thank Your Lucky Stars.<br />
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In the late 1960s he modified the guitar and gifted it to his friend George Peckham, a record cutting engineer and musician whose band had supported the Beatles before they were famous.<br />
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A photo of the Beatles posing with the instrument is thought to be the only one in existence featuring the band with just one guitar.