It must be good being a dead Beatle like John Lennon. As well as knowing that your ex-bandmate and your widow are in the middle of a faintly embarrassing public feud about who you liked more, you can also sit back and enjoy the fact that every single thing that you have ever owned will be flogged off at an auction at one point or another.
The latest piece of Lennon memorabilia to be hawked around a Las Vegas auctioneers was the iconic white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.
John Lennon (CDs) auctions are a bit hit-and-miss. People should never
assume that they’ll get rich from selling a piece of Lennon
memorabilia. Last month, Christie’s tried to auction off the
hand-written first draft of I’m Only Sleeping, but it didn’t even meet the
reserve price – mainly because it was a bunch of felt-tip scribble on
the back of a bill and nobody really liked I’m Only Sleeping anyway,
except maybe for Suggs.
But yesterday’s auction items were a real piece of history – the
white suit that John Lennon wore on the sleeve of Abbey Road – a sleeve
that has been copied and spoofed millions of times, made a genuine
landmark out of a studio and zebra crossing, and started off rumours
that Paul McCartney had died and been replaced by a lookalike.
Naturally, it made a lot of money – $118,000 (£66,385).
As well as the John Lennon Abbey Road white suit, the auction also
included the Austin Princess hearse that Lennon drove in the Imagine
documentary. That sold for $150,000 (£84,388) to Princess Tenko, a
bizarro Japanese popstar turned magician with her own cartoon.
John Lennon wasn’t the only star to have his stuff sold at the
auction – of which portions of sales went to Amnesty International.
Marilyn Monroe‘s appointment book and Elizabeth Taylor‘s headdress from
Cleopatra were also flogged off.
Lennon’s Abbey Road Suit Sold Off – BBC
[story by Stuart Heritage]