Audio of the star at work and play in the 60s fetches an enormous sum...
Two cassettes tapes of JOHN LENNON at work and play in the 60s sold for £134,000 at an auction of pop memorabilia yesterday (April 30).
The auction at Christie’s in London went ahead despite Paul McCartney winning a High Court ruling to block the sale of his own hand-written lyrics to ‘Hey Jude’, saying they had disappeared from his home.
Despite the removal of the lyrics, which were expected to raise £80,000, the auction proved to be Christie’s best ever sale of pop memorabilia, raising £532, 642.
The Lennon cassettes were the star lots. The first, of the late Beatles
telling stories to stepdaughter Kyoko in 1969, went for £72,250. The other, which featured Lennon working on first draft lyrics and melody for ‘She Said, She Said’ in 1966, went for £58,750. They were snapped up by a private collector in the US.
A cartoon drawn by Lennon while at school for comic The Daily Howl sold for £32,900 over three times its anticipated sale value. Three documents detailing the salaries of the four Beatles
in 1961 fetched between £12,900 and £18,800 each.
Other artists whose pieces were in the sale includedBob Dylan, Marc Bolan and Marvin Gaye.
As reported yesterday on NME.COM, the ‘Hey Jude’ lyric sheet will stay at Christie’s headquarters until ownership is established by trial or agreement.
The lyrics were sent for auction by Florrent Tessier who bought them in Portobello Road, Notting Hill, when he was a student in 1971 or 1972.
Tossier did not realise the lyrics were authentic until he had them valued by Sotheby’s six years ago.