The instrument was sold at Julien's in Beverly Hills where it was sold alongside other pieces of incredible rock and roll memorabilia.

Half of the profits from the sale of the guitar will go to the Spirit Foundation, founded by Yoko Ono. Read more about the guitar here.

The anonymous buyer nearly broke the record for the sale of a guitar at auction, just coming in shy of the $2.7 million paid in 2005 for a guitar signed by Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney amongst others.

In the same auction the iconic drum head which was part of The Beatles' set for their 1964 appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" sold for $2.1 million.