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John Lennon’s accessories at Berkshire auction

James Williams

james.williams@newburynews.co.uk

The items were sold at the music, film and sport memorabilia specialists, Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers, Bath Road, Midgham
A COWBOY hat and sunglasses once owned by John Lennon have been sold for more than £8,000 at an auction in Berkshire.
The items were sold at the music, film and sport memorabilia specialists, Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers, Bath Road, Midgham.
The former Beatle wore the black hat during the band's 1965 tour of America when they played a mixture of indoor arenas and outdoor stadiums, most famously at The Shea Stadium, New York, which became one of the most famous and record breaking concerts of its era.
John Lennon was pictured wearing the Italian sunglasses in 1967.
He gave both items to his uncle Charlie Lennon, who was like a stepfather the Beatle, according to Midgham-based Cameo Auctioneers.
After Charlie Lennon died in May 2002 he gave the items to long-time friend Larry Warren, who is originally from America but now lives in Liverpool.
Salesroom manager at Cameo Auctioneers, Glen Norcliffe said: “Larry was a security guard and befriended John. He worked with a lot of the stars at that time.
“Larry actually saw Sir Paul McCartney in Liverpool last week, he was presenting doctrines to university students. Sir Paul gave him his blessing to sell the items.
“Larry decided to sell them with us because we're known for selling pop memorabilia.
“The John Lennon items were bought by a private vendor from Leeds who wishes to remain anonymous. He's a bit of a Beatles collector.
“They sold slightly under the estimation but in this day and age £8,500 is very good.
“The interest in The Beatles actually grows, not just in this country, they are a worldwide phenomenon.
“We sold some Beatles' autographs in the same auction. Personal items or unseen photographs of the group can earn you good money. Bring on more.”
The cowboy hat sold for £5,500 and the sunglasses went for £3,000 at an auction full of other interesting music memorabilia.
“In the same auction we had a dress worn by Janis Joplin dress at the Avalon Ballroom on her 1967-68 tour,” Mr Norcliffe said.
“We're known for selling unusual and exceptional pop memorabilia. We were recently offered.the basket from a hot air balloon used on Take That's Circus tour last year.”
For information about up and coming auctions at Cameo Auctioneers, visit www.femottram.co.uk

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