October 30, 2013 8:22

John Lennon's childhood home sells for £480,000

Anonymous American buyer snaps up house which inspired many of The Beatles' songs

John Lennon's childhood home sells for £480,000

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John Lennon's childhood home has been sold at an auction for £480,000.

The three-bedroom red brick terrace, on Newcastle Road in the Penny Lane area of Liverpool, was his first house and where the late Beatles legend lived from his birth in 1940 with his parents and grandparents until he was five. The property, which went on the market for £150,000, was bought by an anonymous American who is a big fan of the Fab Four at an auction in the city's Cavern Club, where The Beatles played nearly 300 times, reports Sky News.

The home, which has a poster of Lennon in the front window, also has a lounge, an upstairs family bathroom, a sitting room, family room and kitchen which leads to a walled yard round the back.

The previous owner told the Liverpool Echo: "I'll be sad to leave John Lennon's first home but I am retired now and would really like a property with a bigger garden. I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period, when the Beatles wowed the whole world with their rock and roll music."

Lennon's second home, Mendips, on Menlove Avenue in Woolton, received Grade II listed status in 2012, so it cannot be sold.

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