An unnamed overseas collector has paid £9,500 (US$ 14,750) for John Lennon’s toilet at an auction in Liverpool on 28 August 2010. This was much more than the £750 to £1,000 it was expected to fetch.
The toilet was originally part of a bathroom in John’s Tittenhurst Park homes which Lennon purchased in 1969. Lennon gave the ornately decorated toilet to a builder to take home during a refurbishment with the message “put some flowers in it.”
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Source: BBC, 28 Aug 2010
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
The toilet J.D. Salinger used from mid-1960s to mid-1980s. "Uncleaned and in it's original condition"
Memorabilia from J.D Salinger are so rare that Rick Kohl of webuytreasure.com is asking US$ 1 million for the reclusive author’s toilet.
It’s almost as if “The Catcher in the Rye” author [...] saw this moment coming in 1953 when he retreated in growing distress about his own fame to small-town New Hampshire and became a notorious recluse.
Salinger’s toilet, the ultimate symbol of privacy for a man notorious for defending his, is being auctioned on eBay.
[Kohl] a well-known memorabilia and collectibles dealer based in Kernersville who has stalked Salinger items for years is asking the standard eBay hey-look-at-this-bizarre-thing-I’ve-got price of $1 million but said he’s open to reasonable offers.