John Lennon's Vox organ goes under the hammer again

Insert your 'John Lennon bashes an organ' joke here
Insert your 'John Lennon bashes an organ' joke here

We know what you're thinking: "another music memorabilia auction? Is there anything left worth selling?" Actually, yes. Christie's (New York) latest pop culture sale includes John Lennon's Vox organ, three original tapes from Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland sessions, Bob Marley's guitar and Kurt Cobain's bass.

John's organ

Arguably the biggest draw is John Lennon's Vox Continental Portable Organ, famously played at The Beatles' Shea Stadium concert in 1965. You can watch a video of Lennon pounding the organ during the band's rendition of I'm Down, resulting in it not working properly for the next show.

It's since been repaired and restored, hence the $150,000 - $200,000 estimate.

Jimi's tapes

MusicRadar just finished celebrating 40 years of Electric Ladyland, so it's an appropriate time to flog the original recordings. Up for sale are three tapes and five handwritten boxes (including handwritten production notes) of the album's legendary sessions. Hendrix originally gave the boxes to a member of Amen Corner, while both bands toured together with Pink Floyd, The Move and The Nice in 1967.

Now that's a line-up. Christie's hopes to fetch between $20,000 - $30,000 for the lot.


Bob Marley owned and played a Yamaha SC 1000 electric during The Wailers' final worldwide tour in 1979, and now it's up for auction. For the $30,000 - $40,000 estimate you'll also get some photos of Marley playing the guitar in Tokyo and Osaka.

The final major highlight is a bass guitar used by a young Kurt Cobain while recording demos at his Aunt's house in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1982 and 1985. A must for Nirvana fans with a spare $60,000 - $80,000 dollars.

Other items include original artwork from the punk era and, er… designer toys. It's all happening at Christie's New York on 24 November - more details here.

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).