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A beginner’s guitar, thought to have been owned by Beatles guitarist George Harrison, has surfaced at The Auction Centre in Cheshire.

The instrument, which will be offered on June 24, was reputedly given to neighbour George Rawlinson by Harrison’s parents when they moved from Macketts Lane in Liverpool in 1965.

Rawlinson, who lived a few doors away, said Harrison’s mother, Louise, had spotted him down the road and offered him her son’s old guitar. The basic learning guitar is believed to precede all others known to have been owned and used by Harrison. This includes The Egmond guitar, on which the musician learned to play as a 14-year-old and is currently on loan to The Beatles Museum in Liverpool. The auction house has not disclosed an estimate but said its guitar was valued at a four to five-figure sum.


Hot on the heels of the Russian art sales in London, Halls of Shrewsbury will offer this early 17th century portrait of a young nobleman.

The 23 x 18in (59 x 45cm) Russian School oil on canvas last sold on the open market in London in 1962 and is currently owned by a private collector.

It is estimated at £6000-8000 in the pictures, silver, jewellery and coins auction on June 21.

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A pair of paintings by German Maltese painter Anton Schranz the Elder (1769-1839) will lead Cheffins’ picture sale in Cambridge on June 14-15. Depicting British warships in Port Mahon, Minorca, the 14 x 21in (35 x 53cm) oil on canvases have been in the collection of an English family since c.1950.

The painting here depicts the HMS San Juan, anchored off the Isla del Rey. This was a Spanish prize from the Battle of Trafalgar later used as Admiral Sir Charles Penrose’s flagship in 1813-14.

Schranz, father of the Maltese artists Giovanni, Antonio and Giuseppe, spent most of his life in Minorca, where he was sought after for his landscapes and seascapes, particularly of Port Mahon, as well as portraits of local officers and dignitaries. Estimated at £20,000-30,000, the pair will be included in the upcoming volume on the Schranz artists.

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