[The Beatles] - John Lennon
- Vox Guitar Organ given by the inventor to the Beatles
- wood, metal, plastic
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Dick Denny, the company’s inventor, presented the first prototype to the Beatles (Denny claims this was at the Hammersmith Odeon during their Christmas show, while George Harrison believed it was at Abbey Road studio). Denny recounts (as quoted in Babiuk): “I took the first one up to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to the Hammersmith Odeon in London during their Christmas show. When they first saw it they were in awe, but they couldn’t suss it out. It was too much trouble to run. But I think they liked it, because John kept it.” He apparently gave it to their roadie Mal Evans, whose wife wrote to Harrison after Mal's death (1976) inquiring about various guitars she had. A copy of Harrison’s typed letter signed response dated 26 October 1982 is included with the lot, as well as a copy of Lily Evans’ typed letter signed 21 June 2006 testifying to its authenticity. Also included is an official souvenir programme 35 Hours of Beatlemania, 1983 Mersey Beatle Extravaganza, signed on the back “Charles Lennon, John Lennon’s uncle.”
Dick Denny may be seen playing the production model on Steve Allen’s “I’ve Got a Secret” program on Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtUrpzkfeuI