Lennon’s toilet up for auction in sale of Beatles memorabilia

John Lennon's toilet. Asking price £750-£1000. Photo: Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts/PA

Lot no. 250 at the annual Liverpool Beatles Auction is John Lennon’s toilet. J.D. Salinger’s toilet is up for sale on e-Bay. Could this be the start of new trend in celebrity toilet memorabilia?

The toilet was originally part of a bathroom in John’s Tittenhurst Park homes which he purchased in 1969.  The loo was removed during refurbishment by a builder named John Hancock. Lennon suggested he take the ornately decorated toilet home and “put some flowers in it.”  It is being sold by the builder’s son-in-law after being carefully stored in a garden shed for the last forty years.

The toilet had been stored in a shed at Hancock’s home for 40 years until he died recently. It is estimated to fetch £750 to £1,000 (US$ 1,150 – US$ 1,500).

The auction organiser, Stephen Bailey, said: “The toilet might be worth something, and it might not, but it is certainly one of the more unusual items we’ve sold.”

Organised by Liverpool’s Beatles Shop in Liverpool, the Annual Beatles Auction takes place at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts on the morning of Saturday 28th August, 2010.

Source: Press Association, Guardian, 23 Aug 2010 ; Liverpool Beatles Auction blog, 17 Aug 2010

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