The cassette tape with a recorded interview of John Lennon was sold to Yoko Ono for $75K; Includes photo, song unreleased
A cassette tape interviewing 51-year-olds John Lennon and Yoko Ono has been sold for $75,000.
The five-point winning bid included the hammer price and buyer’s premium and the winning bidder was awarded an original 33-minute recording, an unreleased song and photographs of the famous couple. Brun Rasmussen Auctioneer – A Danish auction house.
Representatives for Brun Rasmussen auctioneer did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment about a buyer who won a piece of The Beatles history.
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The auction house notes that the cassette tape and accompanying photos were sold in Copenhagen on Tuesday, September 28, 2021., 6:52 a.m. CEST, in a press release.
Four boys from high school reportedly recorded Lennon and Ono in 1970, when the couple visited Thi in the North-West district of Jutland, Denmark. While in the area, the musical pair agreed to hold a press conference, where the Danish youth – who was 16 at the time – interviewed the couple for their school magazine.
Brun Rasmussen auctioneer credits 68-year-old Carsten Hogen as an interviewer and Jesper Jungersen as the photographer.
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According to auction house, the recording captured Lennon and Ono’s message of world peace and questions about their lifestyle and career.
At one point, Lennon reportedly sings along to a Danish Christmas carol and plays guitar at the request of convention attendees. Brun Rasmussen Auctions reports that Lennon strummed him and Ono’s song “Give Peace a Chance”.
According to Brun Rasmussen Auctions the rock star played a song that was not released to the public, titled “Radio Peace”.
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“I am delighted and surprised to receive a great hammer price for a cassette tape,” Hodgen said in a statement. “Meetings with John Lennon and Yoko Ono have had a great impact on our personal lives as we came to regard them as political prophets and symbols of peace.
He adds, “I hope the new owner enjoys listening to our conversations and is just as inspired as we were 50 years ago.”
Lennon and Ono’s intimate interview exclusively took place months before Paul McCartney revealed The Beatles’ breakup. The rock band included Lennon, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and the group released more than 20 studio albums between 1960 and 1970.