A guitar George Harrison played when Beatlemania was taking flight has sold for nearly half a million dollars at a New York auction.

Julien’s Auctions says the 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $US490,000 ($A604,000) on Friday to an undisclosed bidder.

Julien’s says Harrison borrowed it from a British music store and played it on stage several times in England and in the Channel Islands during the summer of 1963.

It was offered during a two-day rock memorabilia auction.

A so-called “penguin” suit that Elvis Presley wore on stage in Las Vegas in 1975 sold for nearly $US122,000.

Presley’s marriage certificate from his 1967 wedding to Priscilla Presley sold for over $US40,000.

A vest worn by Jimi Hendrix sold for over $US59,000 and a tank top Madonna wore sold for $US25,000.

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