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John Lennon Custom-Signed Beatles Album Up For Auction
A vinyl record owned and customized by John Lennon is up for auction, and expectations for bidding are high. The album is a pre-production copy of the Beatles' 1966 album Yesterday … And Today with Lennon's signature and dedication drawing.
The story behind the album is well-known among collectors, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Lennon owned the album before trading it with collector Dave Morrell in 1971 for a reel-to-reel tape of the Beatles' Yellow Matter Custard bootleg. After acquiring the album, Morrell got Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to sign it as well, boosting its value even further, perhaps into the highest echelon of Beatles collector's items.
"The term 'world class' is probably a bit overused in describing collectibles," claims the listing on Heritage Auctions. "Labeling this unique, rare and desirable Beatles item as ‘'world class' is not hyperbole. If anything, it does not do it justice. Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from noted Beatle autograph expert Frank Caiazzo."
Heritage is expecting to rake in north of $200,000 for the item, and they've already received a bid of $100,000. The auction reserve will be announced on Nov. 4.