The Beatles: Rare album once owned by John Lennon to be auctioned

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Beatles album once owned by John Lennon - and believed to be one of the rarest in the band's history - is up for auction.

The so-called "butcher" cover of Yesterday And Today caused controversy when it was released in the US back in 1966.

It shows the Fab Four smiling, dressed in white coats and covered in pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

The cover, believed to be The Beatles' protest against the Vietnam War, was subsequently withdrawn and replaced with more public-friendly artwork.

It is estimated that Lennon's personal copy of the record will sell for £136,000 when it goes under the hammer at Julien's Auctions annual event - Music Icons: The Beatles In Liverpool.

Lennon kept the record on the wall of his apartment in New York and later gave it to Beatles fan Dave Morrell, with the star writing: "To Dave, from John Lennon, Dec 7th 1971."



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