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Tuesday, 16 July, 2002, 08:33 GMT 09:33 UK
Lennon glasses go on show
John Lennon with glasses
Lennon believed orange to be an "inspirational" colour
A pair of glasses worn by John Lennon when he wrote the Imagine album will be unveiled in his home city on Tuesday.

The orange-tinted spectacles, which are thought to be worth over 1 million, became part of the legendary Beatle's trademark between 1970-1973.

They have now been mounted in a glass case at the Beatles Story Museum, at the Albert Dock in Liverpool.

You can't get much closer to the real John Lennon than seeing life through the spectacles he wore

Mike Byrne, Director, The Beatles' Story

An entire room - known as The Orange Room - has been devoted to the spectacles, and to creating an environment which evokes the early 1970s as Lennon might have viewed them.

The museum has also created an exhibit based around a giant replica of the famous glasses.

Visitors looking through the lenses can see images of the events which influenced Lennon, including the Vietnam War and the peace movement - before cutting to footage of his last day alive, and the radio news bulletin announcing his death.

"You can't get much closer to the real John Lennon than seeing life through the very spectacles he wore to create some of his most memorable music," said Mike Byrne, director of The Beatles Story.
The Beatles Story Museum
The Beatles' Story is a major tourist attraction

Lennon is thought to have chosen the orange lenses due to his beliefs in feng shui teaching . He believed the colour to be the best shade for inspiration.

The lenses originally became darker in stronger light but after several years of being worn the chemical within the glass lost some of its effectiveness and now the shade remains the same.

Following previews, the exhibit will be open to the public from Thursday.

The museum, one of the most popular attractions in Liverpool, already plays host to another Lennon tribute, The White Room - which features the famous Steinway piano on which he composed Imagine.


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