John Lennon’s Trademark Round Glasses Will Be Up For Auction
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A pair of John Lennon’s trademark round spectacles are about to be slated for an auction, along with a parking ticket addressed to Ringo Starr, which are mementos kept for some 50 long years by the legendary band’s former driver.
The driver, Alan Herring, worked as the chauffeur for Ringo Starr and George Harrison just as the ’60s closed out, and said that John Lennon gave him the glasses after he left them on the back seat of his Mercedes. “When John got out of the car I noticed that he’d left these sunglasses on the back seat and 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, that they were just for the look,” shared Herring.
The parking ticket was issued under Starr’s name on the 25th of April, 1969, just outside the band’s London Apple Records office. The ticket and the vintage glasses, along with other Beatles memorabilia, will be set for auction online at Sotheby’s by December.
Herring said it was hard to come to a decision to sell the mementos, but concluded that “the memories I have of this very special time in my life working with the Beatles are far more important to me.”
The £2 parking ticket is expected to sell at $1,900, while the round glasses (which was never repaired) will go for around $10,300.