To me, most photo auctions are not that special. This Lennon auction seems a little different. Instead of getting a few precious photos, this one includes a whole collection. It paints a whole scene of a time in Lennon’s life. These are mere unseen snapshots from a photo shoot.
(NOTE: This photo is not one of the pics from the auction. I just like it.)
From the sounds of the description these photos are quite important. It documents the life of the Lennons when their marriage was very new, and they were busy rallying for peace with several movements. Most famously the Bed-In is documented. These photos if described correctly would be a treasure trove. Not to mention the fact that you could own Lennon’s motorbike. I believe you see glimpses of the Tittenhurst motor bike in film footage from around that time. Cool.
Here’s what we’ve read.
Unpublished photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and a miniature motorbike used by the legendary Beatle are to be auctioned at Bonhams Auctioneers on Thursday (June 12).
The archive, taken by photographer Luiz Garrido in 1969, show John and Yoko in the first few months of their marriage captured in 45 colour transparencies and over 300 negatives.
Garrido met them at the Plaza Athenee Hotel in Paris, while they were on their honeymoon. He was invited to Amsterdam to document the ‘Bed-in’ protest and followed them to London a few weeks later, where he captured Lennon at the Trident Studios during the mixing of ‘Give Peace A Chance’.
In one image Lennon is seen writing out a political missive which starts: “We Think/Violence Begets Violence/Give Peace A Chance/Remember Love/We Can Get It Together/Think Peace/Hare Krishna!”
The red Honda 160Z Monkey Bike, which is expected to fetch between £6000 and £8000, was bought by the former Beatle as an easy way to get around Tittenhurst Park. The lot comes complete with a black and white photograph of Lennon with his small son, Julian taken in 1970
The auction will also include Elton John’s Steinway Grand piano and George Formby’s original Abbott ‘Monarch’ banjolele.