Lot 7032: Complete set of 15 original 'Bag One' lithographs, each of which has been hand-signed in pencil by Lennon and measures approximately 23 x 30; also included is the same-sized, unsigned limitation sheet, numbered 224/300. Set is presented in its original 23.25 x 30.25 hardcover portfolio, housed in the famous white, heavy-duty vinyl 32 x 35 Bag One folio carrying case (which has been tastefully cleaned; the embossed 'Bag One' and Lennon's facsimile signature remain untouched). In fine condition, with some trivial corner creasing to the near-pristine lithographs. Limited to 300 sets, this set being No. 224, each lithograph was individually numbered and signed in pencil by Lennon. The exhibition of the photographs in New York and London caused quite a controversy due to the erotic nature of eight of the lithographs. In London, the lithographs on exhibition were confiscated by Scotland Yard on the charge that they were pornography rather than art. Lennon was later exonerated by the British courts, but many of the prints were mishandled and never returned. Art galleries have been known to list these lithographs individually for $18–20 thousand. Oversized.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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