It's quite astonishing how people will waste their money.
With all the poverty (still) in the world, you'd think we could all get some sort of perspective on life.
Just think of all the good that could have been done with $2.4m.
But you're right, that won't be down The Kings Head!
Coincidentally, I'm reading Eric Clapton's autobiography at this time and years ago, the Fender Strocaster was the guitar to be seen playing. Anyway, like many things, it went out of fashion and some other model came along to take it's place.
He came across a whole bunch of them in a store in the States which no one wanted and (I think) bought six or seven of them at about $100 each. He gave one to George Harrison, another to Pete Townshend and a third to Steve Winwood. Then took three of them, pulled them apart and made his own bespoke Stratocaster. He reckons they're worth a hundred times that at the time of writing (book written in 2007), for this classic vintage guitar. But seeing your post, I wonder what the true value would be - or more correctly, what someone would be prepared to pay. Significantly more I suspect, particularly if it were owned by George Harrison.
"...the Fender Stratocaster was the guitar to be seen playing"
Indeed, it was and still is. I got mine (a 1979 model) a long time ago when I was learning to play. It wasn't one of the megabucks models, but it was relatively expensive at the time and it had appreciated very considerably in value when I sold it a few years ago.
There are some very inflated prices paid by collectors - an early model, played by a known musician will easily make half a million pounds at auction.