JOHN LENNON: Broken Sunglasses Sold

A broken pair of John Lennon's sunglasses are the latest item of Beatles memorabilia to be sold for six figures.

His onetime chauffeur Alan Herring sold them for $152,900 Saturday at Sotheby's in London.

Herring’s letter of authenticity said he was given them after driving Lennon,Ringo Starr and George Harrison to the band's office in the summer of 1968. "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. He said he’d send out for some that fit."

Herring never got the Oliver Goldsmith-branded specs repaired and "just kept them as they were as John had left them."

This is not the first time a pair of Lennon glasses has come up for auction; others went up for bids in 2014, 2007 and 1996.

 

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