All you need is love
Jul 5 2005
By Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
JOHN Lennon's original handwritten lyrics for All You Need Is Love are among unique rock memorabilia which could fetch £1.2m under the hammer this month.
The lyric sheet is part of the greatest collection of Lennon artefacts ever assembled, a collection built up over a quarter of a century by a private collector, and alone is estimated at £500,000.
An original painting done at art school ( estimate £ 80 -100,000), the Vox organ used at the legendary 1965 Shea Stadium concert, an embroidered bedspread from the John and Yoko Montreal "bed-in" (£30-50,000), a table from the home Lennon shared with first wife Cynthia, and a military bandstyle jacket said to have inspired the Sgt Pepper look (£150,000) are among a dozen lots which span Lennon's career from Liverpool student days to his final solo album.
The collection was on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for five years and the Beatles Story museum at the Albert Dock for six months.
London - based rock auction specialist Cooper Owen is selling the memorabilia at the Hippodrome nightclub on July 28.
The Lennon collection will be the highlight of a wider music legends auction.
Cooper Owen director Ted Owen said: "Every item speaks for itself in terms of rarity, importance and cultural significance.
"Together, they represent all the best elements of the man himself - they are iconic, idealistic and irreverent." Beatles Story operations manager Louise Collier said: "These are very important items of musical history.
"We were really pleased to have the opportunity for people from all over the world to see this collection before it maybe passes into the hands of another private collector, or gets split up.
"We'll definitely keep an eye on it and see who picks the pieces up, but I don't think we'll be bidding for anything ourselves."
Among the other lots under the hammer in the general auction are Beatles handmade and signed birthday cards, George Harrison's 12-string Harpitone guitar, Lennon's Ivor Novello award for She Loves You, and Sir Paul McCartney's childhood Rupert the Bear book from 1948.
There is also Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan memorabilia
Lennon's tunic fetches £100,000
The military band tunic inspired the Beatles' Sgt Pepper album cover The John Lennon tunic which inspired the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover has sold at auction for £100,000 ($175,000).
The military band tunic, worn by Lennon in a Life magazine spread in 1966, had been expected to fetch a third of that.
It was one of 12 items of Lennon memorabilia, which had taken more than 25 years to assemble, under the hammer at the Cooper Owen auction in London.
A handwritten manuscript of All You Need Is Love sold for £600,000.
The manuscript, which had been expected to fetch £500,000, was retrieved from the stage floor directly after the Beatles' final live TV performance in 1967.
A piano from Lennon's New York apartment fetched £140,000 and watercolours painted by the musician aged 11 were bought for £70,000 - twice their estimated price.
A pair of his distinctive round spectacles, which came in a box addressed to "Mr John Lennon", went for £55,000.
"The items in this sale combine all the best elements of the man himself," said Ted Owen, director of Cooper Owen.
"It is iconic, idealistic and irreverent."
Original Art School painting
Handwritten lyric of ‘All You Need Is Love’, as used on live television broadcast ‘One World’, 25th June 1967
The actual Shea Stadium used Vox organ
Embroidered bed-spread from Montreal Bed-In
Life Magazine photo shoot worn 'Military' style jacket
John Lennon's personally owned Ivor Novello Award for 'She Loves You'. The stylised bronze figure on a wooden plinth with bronze plaque inscribed JOHN LENNON "She Loves You" 1963. The Ivor Novello Award is the most prestigious British award for songwriters.
Paul McCartney's personally own RUPERT The Bear Book. It is probably one of the earliest McCartney memorabilia. He has written his name on the inside cover and his address,various scribbles and doodles.
JOHN LENNON GLASSES, tinted yellow. Come in original mailed box following repair, addressed to Yoko Ono Lennon c/o Sam Green. Dated Aug.14 1980.
GEORGE HARRISON 12-STRING HARPITONE WITH CASE
George Harrison bought this guitar prior to recording the Beatles White Album. The guitar was owned and used by George for several years and also used by members of Badfinger on the sessions for George’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ LP set. It was also used by Tom Evans at Madison Square Garden during the Concert for Bangladesh charity shows. In 1974 George gave the guitar to Bob Purvis whose group George was producing. He played this guitar during sessions for the Splinter’s debut LP.