Top 10: John Lennon memorabilia
Notable mention. “Bed Peace” placard - £97,250 ($155,892)
Lennon’s “Bed Peace” placard from his and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace in a Montreal hotel in 1969 sold for £97,250 ($155,892) at Christie’s in November 2011.
The placard was signed by both Lennon and Ono, and displayed in the window above their bed. Two years previously, their L’Amour et La Paix placard (Love and Peace) from the same time fetched £73,250 ($120,350) at Christie’s in July 2009.
10. Lennon’s 1952 schoolbook - £110,000 ($175,000)
Lennon’s 1952 school book, which contains 10 illustrated pages drawn by a 12-year-old Lennon, sold for £110,000 at a CooperOwen auction in April 2006.
9. Yamaha organ - £140,000 ($223,200)
John Lennon’s Yamaha organ, a gift from Elton John that Lennon kept at his New York apartment between 1977 and 1980, sold for £140,000 at a CooperOwen auction in July 2005.
8. Life magazine photo shoot jacket - $240,000
A jacket that John Lennon wore in a 1966 Life magazine photo shoot was sold for $240,000 in December 2010 by Julien’s Auctions.
The photoshoot signified the Beatles' move towards a new type of fashion. ### 7. John Lennon’s Hofner Senator guitar - £205,250 ($337,226)
John Lennon’s own 1957 Hofner Senator, one of his earliest guitars, sold at Christie’s for £205,250 in July 2009.
6. Nowhere Man handwritten lyrics - $455,500
John Lennon handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song Nowhere Man, 1965, sold for $455,500 at a Christie’s auction in November 2003.
Nowhere Man is considered by many to be Lennon’s most important lyrics, representing a turning point in the evolution of The Beatles as the first song not directly dealing with romantic love. As such it was pivotal in encouraging The Beatles, as well as other pop groups, to address more serious issues in their songs.
5. Give Peace a Chance handwritten lyrics - £421,250 ($833,653)
A rare and important set of lyrics in John Lennon’s hand for “Give Peace a Chance”, 1969, penned during John and Yoko’s historic Bed-In for Peace 26th May – 2nd June 1969, sold for £421,250 at a Christie’s auction in July 2008.
4. All You Need is Love handwritten lyrics - £600,000 ($956,000)
John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to “All You Need is Love” sold for £600,000 at a CooperOwen auction in 2005..
The song spent three weeks at number one in the UK charts upon its release in 1967.
3. A Day in The Life handwritten lyrics - $1.2m
An original copy of Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to “A Day in The Life” sold for $1.2m at a Sotheby’s auction in New York in June, 2010.
The song was among the standout tracks on 1967 release Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
2. Imagine piano - £1.45m ($2.1m)
In 2000, singer George Michael bought the piano John Lennon used to write “Imagine” at auction for £1.45m..
The song, released in 1971, was ranked at number three in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the greatest songs.
1. Rolls Royce Phantom V - $2.29m
The Rolls Royce Phantom V once owned by John Lennon is the most expensive piece of music memorabilia ever sold at auction.
Lennon bought the car in 1965 and quickly began making alterations, including a Sterno Radio Telephone with its own telephone number.
During 1966 Lennon converted the back seat to a double bed and installed a sound system, in addition to a Sony television and fridge.
He had the car painted with a psychedelic colour scheme in 1967.
It achieved $2.29m in 1985.
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