Lennon's spectacles up for grab
Late Beatles John Lennon's trademark granny glasses are expected to fetch a staggering £1million in an online auction.Updated: Jul 13, 2007 15:38 IST
Late ‘Beatle’ John Lennon's trademark "granny" glasses, which have been put up for sale in an online auction, are expected to fetch a staggering £1million.
Lennon had given the gold-rimmed spectacles to his Japanese translator Junishi Yore during The Beatle’s tour to Japan in 1966. Yore had removed the dark lenses from the frame by pushing them out with his own thumbs when Lennon was murdered in 1980. He did so because he wanted Lennon to be able to see in death.
Lennon befriended Yore in Tokyo’s Hilton Hotel, and after the band’s final concert, they swapped gifts in the Japanese tradition. While Yore presented Lennon with a set of copper cups, the latter gave him the spectacles in return.
It was in 2002 when the last pair of Lennon glasses changed hands, reports the Telegraph. The spectacles are kept at The Beatles Story exhibition in Liverpool, and are insured for £ I million.
The auction on the website www.991.com is open until the end of July.