John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson Acoustic guitar, which went missing for 50 years and was found in a junk shop, fetches $2.6m

The guitar John Lennon used to play on theBeatles hit Love Me Do sold for a remarkable £1.7million in auction in November in California.

The jumbo J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar, purchased by Lennon in Liverpool, went missing in 1963 during the Beatles’ Finsbury Park Christmas Show, and turned up 50 years later, after it was purchased by John McCaw in a US junk shop.

Darren Julien, owner of Julien’s Auctions, called the guitar “one of biggest finds in music history,” adding, “It’s such an important part of Lennon’s career and Beatles history. I knew it would go over $1 million; I had no idea it would go over $2 million.”

“John Lennon items don’t come up very often because a lot of people keep them. This was one of his favourite guitars, he talked about wishing he still had it,” Julien said.