Lennon memorabilia goes under the hammer

The largest auction of John Lennon memorabilia for two decades will take place in London on Thursday evening.

The collection of memorabilia, which has taken more than 25 years to collect, includes the tunic which inspired the cover of the ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album and a hand-writtten manuscript of ‘All You Need Is Love’.

The collection is expected to fetch over £1 million when it is sold by auctioneers Cooper Owen at the Hippodrome in London on Thursday evening.

The military band tunic, which Lennon wore for a photo shoot for Life Magazine in 1966, is expected to fetch £30,000.

The hand-written manuscript, which was retrieved from the floor following the Beatles last TV performance in 1967, is expected to sell for £500,000.

The sale also includes a number of other items, including a Yamaha electric piano, given to the former Beatle by Sir Elton John, a painting Lennon created while still at art school, a pair of his round spectacles and a recording of Lennon and Yoko Ono’s children singing ‘Give Peace A Chance’.


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