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George Harrison's sitar to be auctioned

From BBC - September 14, 2017

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison is going to be auctioned 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.

Bidding for the sitar will begin 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 made itself known in Norwegian Wood, John Lennon's tale of an extra-marital fling. Acoustic guitar and muted bass were augmented by the Indian instrument.

"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 had not really figured out what to do with it," Harrison was quoted as saying in The Beatles Anthologies.

"It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked."

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