Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Items of John Lennon Mermorabilia As the “Bed Peace” placard from John and Yoko’s famous Montreal Bed-In in 1969 sells for £97,250, Wikicollecting presents a list of the ten most expensive items of John Lennon memorabilia ever sold.
News-Antique.com - Nov 16,2011 - 10. Abbey Road white suit - $118,000
In 2005, the white suite that Lennon wore on the cover of Abbey Road sold for $118,000 at a Braswell Galleries auction in Connecticut.
9. “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.
8. 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.
7. Double Fantasy album signed for Mark Chapman - $150,000
Lennon signed his Double Fantasy album at the request of Mark Chapman, just five hours before Chapman shot Lennon dead on December 8 1980. The copy became famous when photographs circulated of Lennon signing the album for Chapman.
The album is thought to have been found in a planter by a maintenance man, close to Lennon’s building. It was then handed to the police who discovered Chapman’s fingerprints on it.
The album was returned to the maintenance man along with a letter “of extreme gratitude from the district attorney”.
It sold in 1999 for $150,000.
6. 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.
5. 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.
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