Saturday, November 27, 2004
What's wrong with this picture?
It's a fair bet that the only person still alive who could give a reasonable opinion as to whether this was indeed George's guitar is Neil Aspinall, and I don't see his name mentioned on any of the authentication paperwork. Given some of the Badfinger history, I doubt Joey Molland would be enough of a disinterested party to authenticate the guitar.
So, giving Christie's the benefit of the doubt and assuming for the moment the guitar is indeed the Harrison instrument (its most famous moment probably being "Paperback Writer"), what's wrong with this picture? Based on gut check and previous guitar auctions, it's a fair bet that this guitar would go for at least half a mil. So why in heck is this clod carrying the guitar in the street sans case as if it were a broom?