The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool has acquired a set of previously unseen photographs of John Lennon dating back to the tail end of The Beatles‘ career; they could easily have remained unseen, because the owner had them stashed in a junk drawer, and believed they had no value. The 26 negatives were revealed at a memorabilia day last month, and Julien Auctions President and CEO Darren Julien reckons they could fetch more than £10,000 at auction. “It’s not often when you find images of John Lennon that have never before been seen by the public”, he says. “These 26 images/negatives of John Lennon are a rare find.”
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The images capture Lennon at a turning point: The Beatles were on the verge of breaking up, and his third single, Instant Karma, was on the way to becoming the first solo single by a Beatle to sell more than a million copies in North America.
The negatives are on display at the museum and will be auctioned off next year. Also revealed at the Liverpool event: a signed Beatles Christmas Show program from a 1963 Bradford concert, valued at £8,000, and a signed John Lennon postcard, worth an estimated £5,000.