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John Lennon may be gone but his legacy lives on and so does some of his belongings. The Beatles band member’s cowboy hat and a pair of sunglasses were sold in an auction last August by Larry Warren, an American based in Liverpool.
Warren said in an interview that the cowboy hat and the sunglasses were worn by John Lennon in the mid-60s. During this time, The Beatles were at the height of their music career and were revered by fans from allover the world.
The cowboy hat sold in the auction was reported worn by Lennon during The Beatles’ North American Tour in 1965. The black Italian sunglasses being sold was of course also worn by Lennon but in 1967.
Warren said in an interview that he bought the two items from Lennon’s uncle Charlie. Warren added that he knew Mr. Charlie Lennon well and that years back, Warren bought the said items from Charlie.
Charlie Lennon reportedly did not want to sell the items to Warren but was merely giving them to him. Warren said however that he insisted he pay for the cowboy hat and the sunglasses.
Reminiscing the times he spent with Charlie Lennon, Larry Warren said that John Lennon gave the cowboy hat to his uncle in 1967 and it also came with a toy six-shooter gun. Charlie reportedly loved western films. The hat, Warren continued, however was just too big for Charlie.
Warren helped in the preservation of a number of Beatles memorabilia including being part of a renovation of the church where Lennon and McCartney first met.
John Lennon’s cowboy hat was expected to fetch around £8, 000 while the sunglasses, sources said was expected to be sold at £4, 000. The sale took place in August 9, 2011 in Berkshire through auctioneers Cameo.
After the auction, the media was informed that the cowboy hat and the sunglasses were sold at £8, 5000.