JOHN LENNON'S 1956 AUSTIN PRINCESS
‘Imagine’ owning John Lennon’s iconic personal limousine; you now can at RM Sotheby’s forthcoming London sale, September 7, 2016 in Battersea Park where it's expected to cost over $300,000.
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John Lennon was the enigmatic and much loved front man of the Beatles and the world contiues to be fascinated by all things associated with him – not least his cars.
The 1956 Austin Princess that was the personal property of Lennon and famously used by him and Yoko Ono in the 1972 film Imagine was prominently shown in the film and was created to promote Lennon’s Capitol Records album which shared the same title. It is understood the large rear door made quick access to the vehicle an easy undertaking; a quality much appreciated when being chased by hundreds of adoring fans! The car is still fitted with the five aeroplane seats in the back that Lennon added to the Austin.
The car on offer is complemented by its original vehicle registration/title document, signed by Lennon when he purchased it on 26 August, 1971, which, is in itself, is an important historical artifact. This upcoming sale of this wonderful car, which was donated to the Austin Rock and Roll Car Museum in Texas in 2008, will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for any serious collector of Beatles or music industry memorabilia. A portion of proceeds from its auction will be donated to UNICEF, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide and which was a favourite charity of Lennon’s. Other charities set to benefit from its sale include Make A Wish America and Dell Children’s Medical Center.
“Since donating the Austin Princess to the [Austin Rock and Roll Car] Museum, it’s been seen and enjoyed by thousands,” says Milton Verret, who purchased the car in 2005 and donated it to the Austin Rock and Roll Car Museum. “Now the Museum wants to offer this rare vehicle at auction with the hope that it will be seen and enjoyed by even more fans of John Lennon and the Beatles worldwide, while at the same time raising funds for deserving charities.”
Chassis No. DH2-12785
Country of origin: USA
Documents: Bill of Sale