George Harrison's '63 Guitar Sells for $490K
And one of Elvis' Vegas 'penguin suits' fetches $122K
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2015 5:49 AM CDT
George Harrison smiles in this 1974 file photo. A guitar Harrison played at a time when Beatlemania was taking flight has sold for nearly half a million dollars at a New York auction.   (Uncredited)
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(Newser) – A guitar George Harrison played at a time when Beatlemania was taking flight has sold for nearly half a million dollars at a New York auction. Julien's Auctions says the 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000 Friday to an undisclosed bidder. Julien's says Harrison borrowed it from a British music store and played it on stage several times in England and in Channel Islands in the summer of 1963. It was offered during a two-day rock memorabilia auction.

A so-called "penguin" suit that Elvis Presley wore on stage in Las Vegas in 1975 sold for nearly $122,000. Presley's marriage certificate from his 1967 wedding to Priscilla Presley sold for over $40,000. A vest worn by Jimi Hendrix sold for over $59,000. A tank top Madonna wore sold for $25,000.