John Lennon Memorabilia Auction

From the height of Beatlemania

Items belonging to John Lennon are set to go under the hammer at auction later this month.

More than thirty years on from his death, John Lennon remains an icon. Images from the peak of Beatlemania are recognisable across the globe, with the Fab Four’s music proving to have a lasting quality.

Now two items belonging to the singer are set to go up for auction. A cowboy hat and a pair of black sun glasses are due to go up for sale by Cameo auctioneers later this month, with both expected to fetch large sums.

The cowboy hat was purchased by John Lennon during The Beatles 1965 tour of the United States. One of the band’s final tours before giving up live appearances, the singer turned with the memorabilia to Liverpool.

Giving the hat – along with a toy gun – to his uncle Charlie Lennon, the items were then passed to Larry Warren. The Guardian reports that Warren has now placed the memorabilia up for sale at auction.

“I knew Charlie Lennon well and I bought these items from him. He didn’t want to take any money for them but I insisted” he said. “I have helped conserve other items concerned with the Beatles, including parts of the church hall where Lennon first met Paul McCartney.”

“The cowboy hat was something that Lennon had on the US tour in 1965 – I think they all had one. He gave it to his uncle in about 1967 along with a toy six-shooter gun because his uncle loved western films. But the hat was too big for his uncle and that amused Lennon.”

A pair of black Italian sunglasses once owned by John Lennon are also up for sale. “He gave the sunglasses to his uncle (Charlie Lennon) at his home in Surrey in about 1967. He had a swimming pool there and they’d been out in the sun” explained Warren.

“Charlie authenticated both items and I’ve had them for 10 years. Charlie died some years ago so it is time to move them on.”

The auction has been organised by Berkshire based firm Cameo and takes place on August 9th.

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