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Lennon's tunic fetches 100,000
John Lennon's Sgt Pepper tunic
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.

'Iconic' sale

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."




SEE ALSO:
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