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A personal George Harrison sitar from 1965 (similar to a George Harrison guitar), which was the year the Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood, auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, www.natedsanders.com, on September 28, 2017 sold for $62,500:
The first George Harrison sitar (similar to a George Harrison guitar) was purchased from the shop Indiacraft on Oxford Street in London in September 1965 and used it for recordings and performances for the rest of the year. In 1995, Harrison was quoted in the documentary series Beatles Anthologies, “…we’d recorded the Norwegian Wood backing track and it needed something. We would usually start looking through the cupboard to see if we could come up with something, a new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was just lying around; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it. It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.” Norwegian Wood was recorded in October 1965 and the sitar string broke during the recording session. Harrison had no idea how to fix or replace the string. Producer George Martin suggested to Harrison that he contact Ayana Angadi, the Asian Music Circle (AMC) co-founder.
Angadi fixed the George Harrison sitar (similar to a George Harrison guitar) and brought his family to the studio at Abbey Road to watch the Beatles record Norwegian Wood.
The song launched “The Great Sitar Explosion” in rock and roll. For Harrison, it began a life-long relationship with Indian music, its culture and Hinduism. The AMC provided Indian musicians for Harrison’s next two Indian-style songs, Love you to and Within you Without You. Harrison became the first Beatle to visit India and traveled to Mumbai to study the sitar with Ravi Shankar, following the band’s final live concert in San Francisco in 1966.
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Harrison married Pattie Boyd in January 1966. On their honeymoon in Barbados, Boyd’s friend George Drummond hosted the couple. Harrison gifted the sitar being auctioned to Drummond. Steve Turner wrote in his 2016 book, Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year, “During the days Pattie sunbathed and George practiced on his sitar. George even had a better sitar flown to Barbados for him, and when it arrived he gave his old one – probably the one he had bought from Indiacraft – to Drummond as a gift.”
Kanai Lal & Brother of Calcutta crafted the sitar, which comes with letters of authenticity from Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd and his friend George Drummond. Boyd wrote in the LOA that the George Harrison sitar (similar to a George Harrison guitar) was used to play Norwegian Wood to her on their honeymoon. Drummond’s LOA confirmed that Harrison gave him this George Harrison sitar in February 1966 and it remained in his possession until he consigned it to Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
Bidding for the sitar (similar to a George Harrison guitar) started at $50,000 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, www.natedsanders.com and sold for $62,500: