CAN BUY ME LOVE!

Tapes of the late star singing to his stepdaughter are expected to fetch between £60,000 and £80,000...

Tape recordings of JOHN LENNON singing to his stepdaughter KYOKO are being auctioned as part of a sale of BEATLES memorabilia.

The tapes, recorded at Yoko Ono’s ex-husband Tony Cox’s home in Denmark in 1970, when Kyoko was six and was meeting Lennon for the first time, are expected to sell for between £60,000 and £80,000 each at the sale, which takes place on November 19.

A spokesperson for auctioneers Cooper Owen told NME.COM that the tapes are very moving. “They are really personal, family things,” said Robert Boella. “Lennon hadn’t met her before and Yoko hadn’t seen her for years. It was like they were really trying to make an effort, and Yoko sounds quite strained and upset. Just listening to them gives you shivers down your spine.”

Among the other items which will be sold at the London auction is an enormous 17,000-piece 10-foot, two-tonne mosaic depicting an “all seeing eye” with rays coming out of it which Lennon made for the floor of the swimming pool at his home, Kenwood House. Boella said the mosaic had been taken up by the home’s new owners and buried in a field next to the house. A subsequent owner heard the rumours and went in search of the pieces, which took six years to restore. It is estimated that this will sell for between £150,000 and £250,000.