For many, John Lennon – along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – is known for starting a musical revolution with the Beatles. However, before the Beatles even began, Lennon studied at Liverpool College of Art along with the original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe. This rather unflattering self-portrait is set to sell for £3million at a London auction house. The piece dates back to 1958, an important year for the then 18-year-old Lennon as it was this year his mother was killed in a car accident, he played with Paul McCartney and George Harrison for the first time and he met his first wife, Cynthia Lennon. The painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly and male mammaries. Louise Cooper, the owner-managing director of CooperOwen Music Media Auctions of London which is selling the piece, said:
‘This is a unique item and we are anticipating interest from Lennon and Beatles’ collectors around the world.’ Cooper described the work as similar to Sutcliffe’s artwork from the same period. Stuart Sutcliffe later left the band during their first tour to Hamburg to enroll at the Hamburg College of Art, yet tragically died of a brain aneurysm aged 21 in 1962.
Source: Metro, UK