An auction of John Lennon memorabilia has seen huge bids – with a handwritten lyric sheet for ’ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE’ selling for more than half a million pounds.
The lyric sheet, used by the star in 1967, sold for £600,000, as part of a sale of clothes, instruments and other items belonging to the former Beatle.
Going under the hammer on July 28 at London’s Hippodrome were items charting the Beatle’s life, from his time at college to the sofa he sat on for his final publicity photograph.
A tunic that inspired the cover of ’Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ sold for £100,000, while a pair of spectacles went for around £55,000.
“Every item speaks for itself in terms of rarity, importance and cultural significance’, said Ted Owen, director of auction house Cooper Owen. “Without John Lennon and The Beatles, I have no doubt that the music industry would look very different today.”
He added: “Together, the items in this sale combine all of the best elements of the man himself – it is iconic, idealistic and irreverent. We’re honoured to be passing them on – and the sale itself will celebrate John Lennon and his legacy the way it was meant to be celebrated!”
The key lots were:
Handwritten ’All You Need Is Love’ manuscript from the ’Our World’ broadcast in 1967 – The Beatles last live TV performance.
A rare oil painting by John Lennon created whilst a student in Liverpool
Table from the Weybridge home John Lennon shared with his first wife Cynthia
Clothing, including the military tunic, worn in Life magazine photo shoot
Original Tom Mix standee from the cover of ’Sgt Pepper’ – one of only a handful remaining props from the shoot
John Lennon’s electric piano from his Dakota Building apartment – a gift from Elton John – and a sofa from John Lennon and John Lennon’s ’Special Room’ in the Hit Factory recording studio used during the recording of his final albums ’Double Fantasy’ and ’Milk & Honey’