A cassette with an unpublished, more than half an hour long recording with John Lennon, a former member of The Beatles, has been put up for auction. The souvenir can be purchased at the Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen. The value of the cassette was estimated at EUR 27-40 thousand (i.e. approximately PLN 125-185 thousand).
The 33-minute recording with the famous British musician and his wife, Japanese artist Yoko Ono, was performed in the early 1970s by four Danish high school students. At the time, 16-year-old students had the opportunity to meet with them to conduct an interview, which was later to be published in the school newspaper.
Cassette with unpublished recording with John Lennon
– This experience had a huge impact on us. (…) we considered John Lennon and Yoko Ono to be some kind of political prophets and the embodiment of peace. (…) these two famous people shaped our generation and the entire counterculture movement – said Karsten Hojen, one of the authors of the recording and its co-owner. “We will be happy if a museum will buy (the cassette) from us, or maybe even Yoko Ono herself,” she added.
The winner of the auction, along with the cassette, will receive a set of 29 photos taken during a meeting with the musician and a copy of the newspaper with an interview with Danish high school students from 1970.
– (Lennon) plays “Give Peace a Chance” but with a different lyrics, adding words about Danish things back then, which is really fun for us. (On the recording) we can also hear “Radio Peace”, a never-before-released track, says Alexa Bruun Rasmussen of the Bruun Rasmussen auction house.
Lennon was one of the leaders of the legendary British band The Beatles. The group launched many hits, incl. “She Loves You”, “Twist & Shout”, “Yesterday” or “Hey Jude”. She has sold nearly 800 million albums.
Lennon was killed on December 8, 1980, shot by a fan on the street, at the gate of his New York home. He was 40 years old.
Main photo source: bruun-rasmussen.dk