“The above guitar, belonging to my old school pal Ian James, was the first guitar I ever held. It was also the guitar on which I learned my first chords in his house at 43 Elswich Street, Liverpool 8.” - Paul McCartney, 2006
I remember watching Pixar’s, The Good Dinosaur awhile back. Although the visuals were absolutely beautiful, I wasn’t totally sold on the concept that dinosaurs evolved to produce their own food like farmers/cowboys. The movie did bring me back to an old dinosaur/western stop-motion film called the Valley of Gwangi though, haha.
Music legend Paul McCartney’s first ever guitar he held, a Rex acoustic, was to be auction off at Cooper Owen’s Music Legends auction at Abbey Road Studios in London on this day. The famous guitar was expected to sell for over £100,000. Ian James, who was the original owner of the guitar, taught the future Beatle his first chords as quoted by Paul:
“It was also the first guitar on which I learned my first chords in his [James’] house at 43 Elswich Street, Liverpool 8.”
The guitar would sell for more then triple it’s original estimation, at £330,000, to auction company president Craig Jackson, in which he said:
“This is such an important piece of rock history and I am an extremely happy man tonight.”
“Without this guitar The Beatles may never have existed and it is a fantastic acquisition.”
(Photo of McCartney taken early the year of 2006. Photo of James taken in 1957, by McCartney himself.)