SOME (EXPENSIVE) TIME IN NEW YORK CITY!

An anonymous bidder snaps up the unique footage for a tidy sum...

A private film of John Lennon has sold for $53,775 (£33,235) to an anonymous bidder at an auction in NEW YORK.

The student film, which features the former Beatle imitating baboons to entertain children and taking over an ice-cream van, was expected to fetch up to $50,000 at Christie’s auction house on Friday (July 25).

The two reels of footage were the most expensive of the several John Lennon items under the hammer, which also included written lyrics to the Beatlessong ‘If You’ve Got Trouble’ and a 1971 letter, which both went for $38,240 (£23,600) each.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the film was shot in 1974, when an anonymous student met John Lennon on a New York street and asked him to star in the film for the day.

He is also seen feeding monkeys, playing a bandstand organ and performing magic tricks.

Some of the film has been used in documentaries, though the majority remains unseen by the public. The 45-minute film was cut from 12 hours by the student and was sold privately to an unknown collector ten years ago.

Christie’s film specialist Margaret Barrett told the BBC the film was “amazing”.

She added: “There are no copies of it and John Lennon himself never got a copy of the entire film. He watched it and selected pieces he liked, perhaps for a song video.”

Amongst other items up for sale was John Lennon‘s pocket watch with an estimated value of $2,300 (£1,420), which sold for $31,070 (£19,200).