John Lennon’s guitar gift to cousin to fetch £600,000

Gretsch 6120 guitar
Gretsch 6120 guitar

David Birch is auctioning the Gretsch 6120 guitar the Beatle played on Paperback Writer

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Gretsch 6120 guitar

A guitar that John Lennon played on the recording of The Beatles song Paperback Writer is expected to fetch up to £600,000 at auction.

Lennon gave his Gretsch 6120 guitar to his cousin, David Birch, in November 1967 – a year after the hit single was produced in April 1966 at London’s Abbey Road studios as part of the sessions for the band’s Revolver album.

Mr Birch had he visited his older cousin at his Kenwood home in Weybridge, Surrey, and he asked him if he had a guitar that he no longer wanted as he was trying to form his own band with friends.

His mother, Harriet, was a younger sister of Lennon’s mother, Julia, and the music legend lived near to their family home in Woolton when he went to stay with his Aunt Mimi.

He said: ”I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars.

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