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Lennon Jacket Goes Under Gavel

The Sgt. Pepper style jacket John Lennon appeared in on the cover of a 1966 issue of Life magazine heads an impressive line-up of auction items being offered Dec. 3 & 4 at a Beverly Hill auction being conducted by Julien's Auctions.  The Icons & Idols auction purports to be the most extensive collection of rare John Lennon and Beatles memorabilia open to bids from the general public.  Scheduled for sale during the two day event are handwritten lyrics, clothing and artwork created by Lennon, including a collage he made for Elton John's 28th birthday party and original drawings for his book A Spaniard In The Works. The jacket, which is expected to fetch up to $200,000 could once almost have been had for next to nothing.  The military band style jacket was recognized by a Salvation Army driver in a batch of clothing destined for a New York City distribution center.
Among the other rare and unique items in the December sale is a Sears Silvertone electric guitar Jimi Hendrix borrowed from a friend to use when the young six-string sensation was playing in a Seattle area band known as the Velvetones, and a guitar custom painted and signed by Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones. Close to 100 artifacts associated with Michael Jackson are included in the sale - along with an item that is weird enough that MJ would probably have someone there to bid on it for him if he was around to do it - front and side brain x-ray plates of Albert Einstein.


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