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Iconic John Lennon items to be auctioned

Lennon's customised 1956 Austin Princess hearse has been put on sale at Las Vegas.

music Updated: Dec 07, 2010 18:02 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

An iconic white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles'

Abbey Road

album and a hearse used in his


documentary are set to go on sale, auctioneers said on Wednesday.

The suit and Lennon's modified funeral car are among 250 collectors items that will go on the block in the US gambling hub of Las Vegas starting October 2, according to organisers Julien Auctions.

The white suit, worn by Lennon in the cover photo for 1969's Abbey Road on which the Fab Four are pictured mid-stride on a London pedestrian crossing, is expected to go for between 100,000 and 150,000 dollars.

"This iconic white suit fueled rumors that Lennon represented a clergyman in McCartney's funeral procession," said Laura Woolley, of Julien's Auctions.

While each of the Beatles simply appeared in the clothes they happened to wear to that day's recording session, the album cover spawned some of the wildest rumours in the history of the Beatles,' who would record together for the last time for the final re-mix of Abbey Road.

Lennon's customised 1956 Austin Princess hearse, used in his 1973 documentary and still bearing the special Imagine number plate, is expected to fetch between 200,000 and 300,000 dollars in the live and online auction that will last until October 29.

The opening scene of the film shows Lennon, who was shot to death in New York in December 1980, and his wife Yoko Ono walking in the grounds of their British home at Tittenhurst Park, shortly before they moved to New York.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the key Lennon items will benefit Amnesty International USA, Julien's Auctions said.

Also going on the block in the sale is movie legend Marilyn Monroe's 1961 appointment book that contains her meeting schedule, invitations, engagements, phone calls and notes for the year before she died.

"This is truly a remarkable insight to Marilyn's personal world just one year before her death," said Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, which expected to sell the book for between 8,000 and 10,000 dollars.

Monroe's phone book for the years between 1958 and 1961 and boosting the numbers of contacts including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and George Cukor is also going on sale and should rake in 6,000 to 8,000 dollars.

The head dress worn by Taylor in her starring role in 1963's epic movie Cleopatra is also to be sold for between 2,000 and 3,000 dollars after the actress's friend, movie star Debbie Reynolds consigned it to the auction.

Items from the auction will tour the United States and will also be displayed at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Tokyo, marking the first time an American Pop Culture auction has been promoted or exhibited in Japan, the auctioneers said.

First Published: Sep 22, 2005 16:43 IST