The film shows the ex-Beatle larking about in New York...

Unseen footage of John Lennon in a student film will be auctioned at CHRISTIE’S in NEW YORK in July.

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.

The film shows footage of the former Beatle imitating baboons to entertain children, taking over an ice-cream van and dancing across benches. 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.

It is expected to fetch between $45,000 (£28,000) and $50,000 (£31,000). Potential buyers will be able to view the film before the auction.

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

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