14th December 2019 – (London) A pair of sunglasses worn by John Lennon of Beatles’ fame was sold for 137,500 pounds (HK$1.43m) at an online auction in London yesterday. The goldtone wire-framed sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith, round green tinted lenses were THE MOST ICONIC SUNGLASSES IN ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY. In 1966, John Lennon was given a pair of round glasses to prepare for his role in Richard Lester’s film How I Won the War. Quickly they became synonymous with his image and later his name.
Alan Herring, the chauffeur for The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr and bandmate George Harrison, came across the spectacles on the back seat after picking up Lennon together with two other members of Beatles. “…In the summer of 1968 I had picked John up with Ringo and George in Ringo’s Mercedes and driven the boys into the office. When John got out of the car I noticed that he’d left these sunglasses on the back seat and one lens and one arm had become disconnected. I asked John if he’d like me to get them fixed for him. He told me not to worry they were just for the look! He said he’d send out for some that fit. I never did get them mended I just kept them as they were as John had left them.”
John Lennon, 40 year old, was murdered outside his New York apartment building in 1980.
Meanwhile, a black and white publicity photographic image, magazine spread, signed in turquoise ink by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon was sold for 16,250 pounds (HK$169,000).