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Lennon's jacket goes under the hammer

Jacket once worn by John Lennon

A rare jacket that once belonged to Beatles star John Lennon is to be auctioned today.

The teal blue jacket was once the property of Jo Jo Johns, personal assistant to the Beatles, who worked at the group's offices from 1968 to 1975 and cleared Lennon's house when he moved to America.

In the early 1970s she gave the jacket to her friend, Anthony Goddard, in Leicestershire.

The Nehru-style jacket was on display at Mr Goddard's home for more than 25 years, but is now going under the hammer.

Beatles autographs

It is being sold by Derbyshire auctioneers Hansons, alongside autographs by the Beatles themselves.

John Lennon has signed his signature three times on the page, making it slightly different to typical memorabilia.

The jacket is estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000 in the sale.


Ringo publishes new book of Beatles pictures

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr seen during the this year's Chelsea Flower Show Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos, including previously unseen images of the Fab Four.

The drummer also tells his own stories about the pictures, which include images of his early years, his travels and his candid shots of the group.

Starr's book - called Photograph, which is also the name of one of his top 10 solo hits 40 years ago - will be released as an ebook, with hand-bound copies published later in the year.

Readers will be able to zoom in on photos and hear audio clips as he narrates the tales behind the images. They include reminiscences of his early years in Liverpool and his spell in hospital, during which he was given his first drum, together with memories of his first car, girlfriends and bands.

Starr has filmed videos for the digital version of the book with interviews, music and animation.

He said of the photos gathered together: "These are shots that no one else could have."

The 72-year-old musician previously issued a collection of postcards dating back to his Beatles days called Postcards From The Boys, released by Genesis Publications, which has also developed the new book.

The ebook is to be sold on the iTunes bookstore and released on June 12, with a limited edition print version of 2,500 copies out in December.

Author Hunter Davies donates Beatles lyrics

A Beatles biographer has donated his collection of Beatles memorabilia to the British Library. Hunter Davies befriended the stars in the 1960's. He says he wants his unique collection of letters and hand written lyrics to be kept intact.

"I want my Beatles collection to be kept together, in one place, and on public display, and the British Library is the perfect home for it. I have always been pleased to see them in the treasures gallery, next to the Magna Carta, and works by Shakespeare and Beethoven, because that's where I honestly think they belong."

– Hunter Davies

Rare Beatles guitar goes on show

A custom-made guitar used by Liverpool music legend John Lennon and his Beatles bandmate George Harrison was given a rare public outing ahead of its auction for upwards of £130,000.

Man with guitar
The rare VOX guitar played during The Beatles 1967 Magical Mystery Tour Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

The Vox guitar, with an unusually shaped wood-finished body, was made in 1966 and given by Lennon to a pal of the band, known as Magic Alex.

It is on public display in London until Saturday and will later be sent off to New York where it is being sold by Julien's Auctions on May 18.

Guitar on floor
The rare VOX guitar played during The Beatles 1967 Magical Mystery Tour Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

The instrument is said to be one of only a few known to have been played by both guitarists.

A plaque on the reverse says: "To Magic Alex, Alexi thank you for been a friend."

It is being exhibited at the Stafford London hotel in St James's, London.


Rare Beatles memorabilia goes to auction

The Beatles Credit: Omega Auction

A rare photo collection of The Beatles will be sold at auction in Stockport today.

A photo from the Beatles memorabilia auction Credit: Omega Auction

The colour picures were taken on the band's 1964 tour and could fetch up to £15,000.

A photo from the Beatles memorabilia auction Credit: Omega Auction

The auction marks 50 years since the release of the beatles' first album - 'Please Please me'

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is the highly anticipated production about one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs, Brian Epstein.

Brian of course discovered the _Fab Four _at the legendary Cavern club in the city and took them on to global superstardom.

Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill, Queen as Folk) will take the lead role of Brian Epstein.

The play forms part of Liverpool’s 50th Anniversary of The Beatles, at the Epstein Theatre named after Brian. The play opens tonight and runs until the 1st of December.

(Pictures of Brian Epstein courtesy of Liverpool Echo and Kate Hickox)

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