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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Haunting Lennon image for sale
From a limited edition of six, with John Lennon's blood-covered glasses from his assasination, placed on a table with a glass of water, taken in their Dakota  apartment overlooking Central Park
The photo shows the view from Lennon's New York home
A photograph which shows Beatle John Lennon's glasses covered in blood is being auctioned off for charity.

The photograph was taken by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and is one of only six prints in existence.

It is expected to fetch up to 10,000 when it is put up for sale at Bonhams in London on Wednesday.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Lennon and Ono married in 1969

The photograph is of Lennon's trademark spectacles beside a glass of water on a table set against the New York skyline as seen from the couple's flat.

It was taken after Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota Building in Manhattan in 1980.

The composition of the photograph represents the ancient Oriental tradition of the Butsudan, or household family altar.


In Buddhist homes, the Butsudan serves as a home for the souls of deceased family members who are worshipped daily.

Ono arranged the photograph to create the same tribute, the glass of water representing the food and drink intended to feed the souls of the dead.

The six copies of the photograph were printed in 1994, under Ono's supervision.

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono arranged the picture to create a Buddhist tribute
Four of them were given to close friends of the couple and Ono kept one for herself, which was later used on the front cover of her album Seasons of Glass.

The sixth was exhibited in New York and later sold to Johnnie Walker, a fundraiser for Artist Residencies of Tokyo (ART).

He agreed to abide by Yoko's express wish that should he ever sell it, all the proceeds would be donated to charity.

See also:

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09 Dec 01 | Music
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