(Reuters) – An electric guitar played by George Harrison on British television before the Beatles’ U.S. “invasion” fetched $657,000 at auction on Saturday in New York, topping pre-sale estimates, Julien’s Auctions said. Harrison, who died in 2001 at age 58, played the black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar on 1963 appearances on the British TV shows “Ready Stead Go!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” with the Beatles. Harrison also played the guitar during the sessions when the Beatles recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy” in October 1963, months before they brought “Beatlemania” to the United States, launching the British Invasion of rock bands.

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