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Monday, 4 December, 2000, 17:14 GMT
'Last photo' of Lennon and McCartney for sale
John Lennon (left) with Keith Moon and Paul McCartney
Together again: Lennon (L) with Moon and McCartney
The "last known" photograph of John Lennon and Paul McCartney together is to be auctioned on the internet.

The black and white photo is part of a collection of the late Who drummer Keith Moon memorabilia and is expected to fetch up to 15,000.

The image, taken together with a series of colour Polaroids, was taken four years after the group split up in 1974 at the recording of US singer Harry Nillson's album Pussycats.

Lennon produced the album during his 18-month so-called Lost Weekend period when he left his wife Yoko Ono and moved from New York to Los Angeles.

The photo was taken when McCartney turned up unannounced and sat in on the recording sessions.

The collection is being sold by Peter Butler, Moon's PA from 1971-1977.

Reunion

"That's a very special picture so I will be keeping a copy to hang in my living room," he said.

The reunion has been documented by Mojo magazine and in the book The Beatles after the Break-Up, by Keith Badman.

Also for auction is a ceramic toilet owned by Keith Moon and used as an ornament at his garden in Surrey, and a collection of personal belongings, including clothes and lyric sheets.

Mr Butler added: "The toilet, along with nearly everything else, in this sale has just been sitting in my loft since the 70s.

Memories

"Auctioneers have phoned me on and off over the years asking me to sell and I have always said no.

"But now I think it is time someone else enjoys them. I have the memories."

The entire sale is expected to fetch between 120,000 and 140,000.

Keith Moon died in 1978 from a drugs overdose.

The auction takes place this week on www.fleetwoodowen.com.

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