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Beatles items smash sale targets
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The market for Beatles memorabilia is lucrative
A leather collar worn by John Lennon during the late 1960s has fetched 117,250 at auction - nearly eight times its expected sale price.

A signed copy of a management deal involving the Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein also smashed its estimate, reaching 122,850.

A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and George Harrison went for 100,000.

The sale at Christie's in London was the most successful pop auction in the company's history, making 788,643.

Christie's head of popular entertainment Sarah Hodgson said there had been "frenzied" bidding from international collectors throughout the sale.

Private collector

The Beatles management deal memorabilia is dated 1 October 1962 - a period at the beginnings of the group's recording career.

Estimated to fetch no more than 35,000, it was bought by a British private collector for more than three times that amount.

The Lennon neckwear, which he wore throughout 1967 and 1968, went to a private collector in the US.

A coloured felt-pen drawing by Lennon fetched 10,000; a letter with his signature 5,500; and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish, 9,500.

An early Elvis Presley US concert poster sold for 10,000, while a Salvador Dali-inspired watercolour by former Sex Pistol Sid Vicious fetched 1,600. A poster from Jimi Hendrix's Experience concert sold for 1,500.

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