Top 10 Weirdest Beatles Memorabilia Ever Sold
A list of the ten most weird and wonderful items of Beatles memorabilia to ever cross the auction block
10) Paul McCartney’s childhood front door
From the ages of 13 to 22, McCartney lived at 20 Forthlin Road in the Liverpool suburb of Allerton. During the early years of the band, they wrote numerous songs and rehearsed in the house – making it an important location in Beatles history. Now listed as a Grade II building by English Heritage, the house’s original front door sold at Dominic Winter Auctions in April 2013 for £5,060. (Image: Liverpool Beatles Auction)
9) Brick from John Lennon’s childhood home
In 2000, American network NBC filmed on location in Lennon’s former childhood home where he lived with his Aunt Mimi. They were even allowed to remove part of a wall during the production, and 150 bricks were salvaged as mementos. Today the house at number 251 Menlove Avenue is protected by the National Trust, and a hallowed spot for Beatles fans. In December 2013 one of the bricks, numbered 116 of 150, sold at Heritage Auctions for $1,950. (Image: Heritage Auctions)
8) John Lennon’s childhood house
Why buy a brick when you can have a house? In 2013 Lennon’s first childhood home in the Penny Lane area of Liverpool went up for sale. Lennon had lived here from 1940 until 1942, and again from 1943 until 1946, when he moved in with his aunt Mimi. The three-bedroom house at Number 9, Newcastle Road was described as “a significant part of John Lennon's history”, and sold during an auction at the Cavern Club for £480,000. *(Image: Entwhistle Green) *
7) Sgt Pepper cover
At a Capitol Records party in 1967, staff members were given an unusual gift – a copy of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with their faces on it. Approximately 100 copies were reprinted with the faces of staff members replacing the band and famous figures on the iconic cover – and in 2011 Record Collector Magazine ranked it #1 in the world’s most valuable record covers. In August 2013 a copy formerly owned by Capitol's national sales director Marvin Beisel sold at Heritage for $32,500. (Image: Heritage Auctions)
6) John Lennon’s hair
In December 2007 a lock of John Lennon’s hair was offered for sale from the collection of Beatles hairdresser Betty Glasgow. She had tended to the legendary mop tops during the filming of their movies ‘A Hard day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’, and was given the lock by Lennon inside a copy of his book ‘A Spaniard in the Works’ along with the inscription “To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx.” Estimated at £2,000-£3,000, the hair soared to a price of £24,000 at Gorringes auction house in West Sussex. (Image: Gorringes)
5) John Lennon’s toilet
Whilst employed by John Lennon to work in his Berkshire home of Tittenhurst Park, builder John Hancock was given an unusual gift – a toilet. The blue and white porcelain bowl was used in the house from 1969 until 1972, when it was replaced with a new one. Lennon told Hancock to “use it as a plant pot”, and he kept in his shed for 40 years. It was auctioned at the 33rd annual Beatles convention in Liverpool in 2010, where it sold for £9,500.
4) Paul McCartney’s Rupert the Bear book
This childhood book dating from 1948 features the signature of a six-year-old Paul McCartney along with his handwritten address, making it the earliest-known McCartney autograph. The book also appeared onscreen in McCartney’s ‘We All Stand Together’ music video, which featured Rupert the Bear along with the frog chorus. The book sold in a Cooper Owen auction in 2005 for **£25,000.***(Image: Cooper Owen)*
3) John Lennon’s detention report
Two sheets from Quarry Bank High School listing the reasons for John Lennon’s numerous detentions crossed the auction block in December 2013. Lennon was a self-confessed troublemaker at school, constantly reprimanded for “Silly noises during an examination”, “sabotage”, giving an “Impudent answer to a question”, “Idleness” and “‘Just no interest whatsoever”. Dating from 1955-6, the two sheets sold at the Tracks Auction sale for £6,750 each. (Image: Tracks Auction)
2) Abbey Road toilet roll
In 1980, Beatles fan Barry Thomas attended an auction and nabbed himself an unusual piece of music history - a roll of toilet paper from Abbey Road studios. The roll came from a batch rejected by the Beatles, and came with a letter from EMI manager Ken Townsend which read:
“Most things went very smoothly with the Beatles at Abbey Road – but not this roll of toilet paper which they complained was too hard and shiny. They thought it disgraceful that the management should stamp each sheet of paper with EMI Ltd. The paper was immediately withdrawn and things became much smoother for staff after that.”
Thomas paid £80 for the roll, and later turned down an offer of £1000 for a single sheet from an obsessive Japanese collector.
1) John Lennon's tooth
In 2011 Omega Auctions offered what they described as “the most wonderful and weird item that we have ever had for sale” – John Lennon’s tooth. Lennon had removed the tooth himself in his kitchen, and given it to his beloved housekeeper Dot Jarlet as a gift for her Beatles-mad daughter. After spending 40 years in the family’s possession, it was sold to Canadian dentist Michael Zuk for £23,000. (Image: Omega Auctions)
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