Help! Julian Lennon announces auction of epic Beatles memorabilia including Magical Mystery Afghan coat

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25 Jan 2022, 10:12

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Imagine caning round in an outfit worn by the icon of icons John Lennon or owning hand-written notes by Paul McCartney for Hey Jude. Well, you can now.

The vintage gold will feature in a new digital auction set up by Lennon's son Julian which will be sold as non-fungible tokens (NFT) as part of Lennon Connection: The NFT Collection and are 'being sold as audio-visual collectibles' with narration by Lennon.

There are beloved guitars given to Julian by his late father, his Magical Mystery Afghan coat and his infamous Help! black cape with part of the proceeds going to Julian's White Feather Foundation.

Lennon told Variety: "I’ve been collecting these personal items for about 30 years, and I was getting a bit fed up with them being locked away in a vault, where I’ve had to keep them because I didn’t want them to get damaged.

“We did a few exhibitions in Europe with the items, and my intention was to take the collection and tour it, and I still hope to at some point in time, but obviously the last few years have not been helpful.

“I actually felt very bad about keeping all that stuff locked away, and I just felt that this was a unique way to continue dad’s legacy and to show people the collections I have, and with the videos and narration, to give people a little more than they would normally get and hear some stories that they haven’t heard before in a new art form and a different medium,” he continued.

“This is a slow rollout over the next year or so of quite a few items. I have a lot of projects happening this year, including a new album, and these [items] tie in to a few of them. I can’t really say much more — you’ll understand why when it happens. The first release will be April 8 and that will inform you of the campaign going forward.”

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A statement on the site read: “Own a piece of music history as Julian Lennon unveils his inaugural digital exhibition, with his private collection of John Lennon and Beatles memorabilia, including Paul McCartney’s rare, handwritten notes from Hey Jude."

Want to start saving? The online auction will be held on February 7, but you can register and start bidding here...