A custom-made electric guitar played by the late Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, has sold at a New York auction for almost €318,000.

The guitar may be familiar to Irish Beatles' fans as it had been on display in the Museum of Style Icons Collection Gallery in Newbridge, Kildare before going for auction in the US.

The semi-hollow-body guitar, manufactured by the VOX company, was sold to a US buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, by California-based Julien's Auctions at the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan.

According to a statement from Julien's Auctions, Harrison played the instrument while practising I Am The Walrus, and Lennon used it for Hello, Goodbye, both of which appeared on the 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour.

The Beatles performing I am the Walrus
Paul McCartney performing Hello, Goodbye in the US in 2002