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Rare Beatles guitar goes on display before sale

A rare guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison. Credit: PA

A rare guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison worth about £150,000 will go on display in London this week.

The Beatles VOX guitar, a custom prototype made in 1966 and later given to "Magic Alex" Mardas, a friend of the band, will be unveiled at The Stafford London hotel in St. James's Palace.

After going on display from Thursday to Saturday it will be taken to New York for auction.

The guitar, one of a few known to exist that was played by both Lennon and Harrison, will be sold at Julien's Auctions on May 1.