Lennon’s costume sold for $118,000

Lennon and McCartney during the photo session for the cover of the Abbey Road album in 1969. A white suit belonging to John Lennon sold for $118,000.

On October 29 an American auction house Julien’s Auctions held sales dedicated to memorabilia of XX century celebrities in Las Vegas, USA. Traditionally, John Lennon’s personal effects were among top lots of the event. A white suit belonging to John Lennon that he wore on the album cover of «Abbey Road» fetched impressive $118,000, while the Austin Princess he drove in the movie «Imagine» went for $150,000.

Austin Princess was a name given to luxury cars made by the Austin company during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The name Princess was revived in the 1970s for a car built by British Leyland and initially sold through Austin and other dealerships; this car was never actually badged Austin Princess in the UK (though it was in some export markets) and is better referred to as Leyland Princess.The first Austin Princess was launched in 1947 as the most expensive flagship model for the Austin range.

Anthony Pugliese of World Films in Del Ray, Florida, bought the suit, and the automobile was bought by a private Japanese investor, said Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions. Pugliese also bought the jacket Lennon wore in «Imagine» for $32,000. Marilyn Monroe’s 1961 appointment book was bought for $16,000 by goldenpalace.com and Elizabeth Taylor’s headdress worn in the movie «Cleopatra» sold for $13,500.

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