George Harrison’s Beatles Guitar

Chisties Rock & Roll Memorabilia & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction at the Rockefeller Plaza, New York on the 20th December includes a 1964 Gibson SG Standard guitar owned by the Beatle George Harrison. It was played by George Harrison from 1966 through 1969 during various Beatles appearances and recording sessions which include the last official United Kingdom concert at the NME Poll Winners Concert and during the Revolver recording session.

It was also used by Harrison in two Beatles films used to promote “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” in 1966 and later played by John Lennon during the White Album sessions in 1969. Also present is a hirty-nine page custom binder which includes excellent documentation, featuring several reproduction images of Harrison playing the guitar with The Beatles as well as documentation from the book Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four’s Instruments, from Stage to Studio (Andy Babiuk) and two letters verifying the guitar’s authenticity. Together with additional related documents of the guitars subsequent owner, Pete Ham of Badfinger, to whom Harrison bestowed the guitar to in 1969. In 2002, the guitar was loaned to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio where it has been on display ever since.

Other highlights include seven unseen reels of Super 8 mm film footage from the making of Apocalypse Now (Zoetrope), shot by the Sound Mixer for the film, Jack C. Jacobsen. The film was shot on location in the Philippines in the late 1970s. The content of the film is an extraordinary and unique behind the scenes view of the actors, director, cameras and crew. Apocalypse Now was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, and Best Film Editing, but the film won only two awards: Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) and Best Sound.There are 2,050 feet of footage. The color is good, there is no sound.

Also with an estimate $8,000-10,000 are Ocean’s 11 signed documents signed by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and others. A group of contracts and agreements regarding the original production of the hit film Ocean’s 11, released in 1960. The first is a twenty page typed contract dated September 1, 1959 regarding the role of Danny Ocean, played by Frank Sinatra, whose salary was $200,000 for his services; together with a one page typed letter dated December 30, 1964 signed in blue ink by the actor. Also present is a twenty page typed contract and an eight page typed Exhibit “A” agreement dated June 15, 1959 regarding the role of Sam Harmon, played by Dean Martin, signed twice in blue ink by the actor; together with two additional typed letters regarding his role, dated June 16, 1959 (six pages) and July 15, 1959 (two pages), both are signed in blue ink by Martin. There is a twenty-six page typed contract and a twelve page typed Exhibit “A” agreement dated January 14, 1959 regarding th e role of Josh Howard, played by Sammy Davis Jr., signed in blue ink by the actor. Also included is a nine page typed agreement dated June 13, 1958 and a five page typed letter dated September 1, 1958 regarding the employment of Peter Lawford, both documents are signed in blue ink by the actor; a fourteen page typed agreement dated January 13, 1960 regarding the role of Bergdorf, played by Richard Conte, signed in blue ink by the actor; and a fourteen page typed agreement dated January 26, 1960 regarding the role of Duke Santos, played by Cesar Romero, signed in blue ink by the actor. The remaining eight documents consist of contracts and agreements regarding smaller roles in the film including Henry Silva, Akim Tamiroff and Patrice Wymore, to name a few. Also present is a color facsimile copy of a lobby card from the film. 8½ x 11 inches

Sale information Rock & Roll Memorabilia & Entertainment Memorabilia Sale 1438 17 December 2004, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York For more details visit the Christies web site.

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