A sitar owned and played by George Harrison has been sold for $62,500 (£46,581) in the United States. The instrument, purchased from a shop on London's Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison's first wife, Patti Boyd.
The name of the successful bidder has not been disclosed by the auctioneers. Bidding for the sitar began on 28 September at $50,000 (£37,327). Harrison had discovered the sitar in 1965, on the set of the Beatles' second film, Help.
His love affair with oriental mysticism first became known in Norwegian Wood, John Lennon's tale of an extra-marital fling. Acoustic guitar and muted bass were augmented by the Indian instrument.
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