private collection of Beatles iconography and personal items from his father
Lennon are being auctioned as nonfungible tokens, or NFTs.
Drops from the“Lennon Connection: The NFT Collection,” began Monday on YellowHeart, an NFT platform, and via
Auctions. Bidding will close on at 10 a.m. PST on Feb. 7.
The NFTs in the sale include notes written by Paul
for the song “Hey
” an Afghan coat
wore in the Beatles’ 1967 TV special Magical Mystery Tour, two guitars given to
by his father, and the cape his father wore in the 1965 movie Help!“As an artist, I have great respect for all that my father accomplished in his career,” Lennon said in a news release. “As a son, I hold dear the good memories I have of my time with him. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a day and age where innovation allows me to share such personal pieces of my Lennon family history.”
Each item is narrated by Lennon with a specific memory, according to the announcement. While Lennon owns the physical counterparts of the items listed in the auction, each NFT being offered represents a unique and noninterchangeable unit of data stored on the blockchain, meaning that each is one-of-a-kind.
“I have been talking to Julian about the possibility of pulling an auction and raising funds for his charity,” says Martin
executive director at Julien’s Auctions. “He was always keen to do it, but at the same time, there was an obvious reluctance to let go of the items he owns because they had such a close connection with his father.”
Nolan explained that some of these items have a very profound meaning for Lennon, such as the notes for Hey Jude. The 1968 song was written by McCartney to comfort Lennon, who was about 5 years old at the time, during his parents’ separation.
“So this is a way for Julian to share these items and videos talking about the items, and at the same time, he gets to continue ownership of the tangible items,” Nolan said.
The Lennon sale is the first NFT auction presented by Julien’s Auctions, but it seems like it will not be the last due to the growing interest in nontangible investments.
“The world is changing quickly with technology,” Nolan said. “We are taking baby steps right now with this one, with just six items. There will be a lot of interest in this auction from the point of view of buyers and also people who are looking to do NFTs in the future and how well they are received. This is really groundbreaking.”
A portion of sale proceeds from the auction will benefit Lennon’s White Feather Foundation, which will use the funds to purchase carbon removal from
a carbon removal firm.
Highlights of the auction include:
“Hey Jude” Notes written by Paul McCartney 1:1 NFT (starting at US$30,000)
The 1968 Beatles’ masterpiece is frequently included on music lists of the greatest songs of all time. Paul separated how he thought the song should be structured into four sections, with voices and instruments. These are his original notes, which include his personal doodles and drawings.
Afghan Coat from Magical Mystery Tour 1:1 NFT (starting at US$6,000)
Four-year-old Julian was present on the set of the film Magical Mystery Tour, where his father John Lennon often wore this coat sometimes paired with pinstripe trousers and jewelry. Though very young at the time, he remembers the experience as “a bit crazy.” John also wore the coat at the launch party for the iconic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Gibson Les Paul Guitar Copy Gifted by John Lennon to Julian Lennon 1:1 NFT (starting at US$4,000)
A Christmas gift from his father, Julian has played this Gibson
copy guitar on many occasions, but never publicly because it is too precious to him. “I never used it on record, but I probably wrote a few tunes on it. In my eyes, it was, and still is, the most beautiful guitar,” said Lennon.
Gibson Les Paul 25/50 Guitar Gifted by John Lennon to Julian Lennon 1:1 NFT (starting at US$4,000)
This special-order rare 25/50 model was launched to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Les Paul model guitar and the 50th anniversary of Les Paul’s career in music. A gift to Julian from John, this guitar was one that John used to teach Julian chords on and help improve his playing techniques when he would visit.
Gibson 1959 Guitar Gifted by John Lennon to Julian Lennon 1:1 NFT (starting at US$4,000)
Used in some of Julian’s earliest performances at Kingsmead School in Hoylake, this was one of his favorite guitars because it had a short neck and was easier to play. A gift from his father, it holds a special place in his collection.
Black Cape Worn by John Lennon from the movie Help! – 1:1 NFT (starting at US$8,000)
Though Julian was too young to have memories of this time, his mother
recalled how she and John learned how to ski in Austria during the film shoot for Help!, according to the news release. This black cape was worn by John in the movie’s scenes filmed in the Alps.