Rare Beatles guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison on display in Newbridge Silverware

A rare Beatles guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison will go on display at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons from Tuesday, April 16 to Wednesday, May 8.

A rare Beatles guitar played by both John Lennon and George Harrison will go on display at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons from Tuesday, April 16 to Wednesday, May 8.

The rare VOX guitar was played by both of the artists during their musical careers. Newbridge will be the only place in Europe it will be displayed ahead of its auction next month.

The striking custom guitar built by Mike Bennett and Dickey Denney was gifted to “Magic Alex” Mardas by John Lennon in 1967. Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye” (but it is not seen in the final version of the video that was released). Lennon gifted the guitar to “Magic Alex” Mardas. A plaque affixed to the back of the guitar reads “To Magic Alex Alexi thank you for been a friend 2-5-1967 John.”

The Greek native, Yanni Alexis Mardas is better known as Magic Alex, the name given him by The Beatles when he was involved with the group between 1965 and 1969.

After the exhibition the guitar be auctioned at Julien’s Auctions Music Icons in New York on Saturday, May 18.

- Paula Campbell