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John Lennon’s toilet sells for £9,500 at auction


(File) Yoko Ono poses for photographers during a press conference before a charity concert to commemorate her late husband John Lennon in Saitama, suburban Tokyo, 09 December 2002, one day after the 22nd aniversary of his death. (Getty Images)

August 28, 2010

(KATAKAMI / Reuters Life!) – A toilet that belonged to late Beatle John Lennon fetched 9,500 pounds at auction on Saturday, around 10 times its estimate, the sale organisers said.

Lennon, who was murdered in New York in 1980, had the porcelain lavatory removed from Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire, where he lived from 1969 to 1971, and replaced with a new one.

The builders who took away the white and blue lavatory were told to “put some flowers in it or something,” according to the auction catalogue.

Builder John Hancock stored it in his shed for 40 years until he died recently and the lavatory was sent for sale, British media reports said.

The toilet was among Beatles memorabilia sold at auction as part of the Beatle week festival in Liverpool. The pre-auction estimate was 750 to 1,000 pounds.

Anne-Marie Trace, who works at the Beatles Shop in Liverpool which organised the sale, said the high price paid had taken the organisers by surprise.

“I think it’s the most unusual item we’ve ever had in our auction,” she told Reuters.

The buyer was not identified but Trace said it was likely it was “going overseas.”


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