A pair of John Lennon’s sunglasses The Beatles legend once left behind in the back seat of a car sold on Friday for nearly $200,000 (₦72.5 million) at an auction in London.
The glasses are billed as one of the most famous pair of specs in rock-and-roll. The round, green-tinted lenses and their golden frame belonged to Alan Herring. He was the chauffeur for the Liverpool quartet’s drummer Ringo Starr and bandmate George Harrison.
“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,” Herring recalled in a statement released by the Sotheby’s auction house.
“When John got out of the car I noticed that he’d left these sunglasses on the back seat. 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!”
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Herring said he never did get them fixed. The pair sold for £137,500 ($183,500, ₦66.5 million) in an online auction to an unnamed bidder.
The sale included other Fab Four collectables. They also included a hippy necklace with cowbells, worn by Harrison, which sold for £10,000 (₦4.8 million).
“For my family’s sake, it makes sense for me to say goodbye to my collection now while I can still tell all the stories behind everything,” Herring said.
John Lennon was fatally shot by a crazed fan outside his Manhattan apartment building in 1980 when he was 40. Meanwhile, Harrison died of lung cancer at the age of 58 in 2001.
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