200 images of John Lennon – 190 of which have never been published before – went up for auction on March 22 by Omega Auctions of Cheshire. We’ve got some pics from the haul, which were all taken in Spain on the set of the 1967 black comedy movie ‘How I Won the War’, by Austrian photographer Zdenko Hirschler, who passed away last year.
Lennon stared alongside veteran British actor Roy Kinnear in the film, which was loosely based on the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942, and sees Lennon and his fellow soliders facing up against the Nazis.
Photographer Zdenko Hirschler had planned to use the pictures in an exhibition called 'Smiling with John Lennon', however he died before his plans could be put into action. The negatives were left to a friend, who is now selling them. The collection of 200 black and white 35mm negatives, complete with contact sheets, has been valued at £30,000.
Here's John playing cricket on set. The film sees the soldiers attempting to set up a cricket pitch behind enemy lines - it also stared Michael Crawford from 1970s sitcom 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'.
Here's an unlikely image, of known pacificist Lennon grinning behind a tank gun. Don't tell Yoko.
Lennon was 26 at the time of filming and he played a character called Musketeer Gripweed.
'How I Won The War' was directed by Richard Lester, who was also behind the Fab Four flicks 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!'.