A jacket left behind when John Lennon moved to America sells for 7000 pounds at auction
DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 21, 2013) (ITN) - The Beatles were the most iconic and popular band of their generation, and their style made them stand out from their fellow music stars.
On Thursday (August 22) a rare teal blue John Lennon jacket dating from the late 1960s sold at auction for 7000 pounds ($8166) at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire.
The jacket was left behind by Lennon when he moved to the United States in 1971 and passed it on to his personal assistant Jo Jo Johns, who worked at the group's offices at 3 Savile Row from 1968 to 1975.
The auctioneer and valuer from Hansons Auctioneers, Isabel Murtough, gave further information at the preview on Wednesday (August 21).
"The jacket was given to our vendor by Jo Jo Johns, John Lennon's PA at the time. We believe it's from around 1967, as it's evocative of the Sergeant Pepper's era. We believe it's late sixties, because of the sleeves; they're a tiny bit flared, which goes into the 1970's era," she said.
The auction house were expecting for the jacket to sell between 8000 pounds ($9331) and 12000 pounds ($14000) but it fell short at 7000 pounds ($8166).
Another lot from The Beatles was a programme on sale which featured all four signatures of the band, but featured three from John Lennon.
Murtough said: "The signatures were collected by our vendor in the late sixties. There were three of them and they went along to see The Beatles and after the showing they collected their autographs.John Lennon signed it three times as they were going to split them up between them and hand them out to each of the friends, but they decided not to do that and keep them together and that's why it's so unusual to have three autographs on one page."
The signed programme went for 4200 pounds ($4900).
Scenes reminiscent of Beatlemania occurred earlier this week when the globally successful boyband One Direction arrived for the world premiere of their documentary feature "One Direction: This is Us". Thousands of screaming female fans filled Leicester Square desperate to get even a glimpse of the young music stars.
In time, it's possible that clothes and signature from One Direction may fetch similar prices at auction.