It showed the band covered in raw meat
John Lennon‘s personal copy of of a Beatles LP that sparked controversy due to its graphic cover has gone under the hammer for £180,000 – the third-highest price ever paid for a vinyl record.
The “butcher” cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.
The cover shot was taken by Australian photographer Robert Whitaker and sparked outrage upon release in the US – where it was suggested that it was a protest against the Vietnam War.
Yesterday, John Lennon’s own copy sold to an anonymous American collector at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool as part of a wider sale of their merchandise.
At the time of release, the graphic image was replaced by a cover that showed the band standing around a travel trunk. It was said to be the only Beatles album to lose money for Capitol Records.
SOLD for £179,200! A Yesterday and Today album (1966) a U.S. First State Butcher, owned and signed by John Lennon with original artwork and addtl signatures! Sold today in our Music Icons: The Beatles auction! https://t.co/ahsXX38A8G #TheBeatles #Memorabilia #Auction #JohnLennon pic.twitter.com/Ujz8CIYDKy
— Juliens Auctions (@JuliensAuctions) May 9, 2019
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JOHN LENNON (Just Like) Starting Over (1980 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Yoko Ono's Kiss Kiss Kiss. The fragile paper picture sleeve displays some light general wear whilst the vinyl looks barely played K79186)
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JOHN & YOKO Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (1971 US wide centred 7" single pressed on Green Vinyl, also including Listen The Snow Is Falling, within an Apple company die cut paper sleeve. The vinyl remains Excellent with just a few light cosmetic surface marks)
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JOHN LENNON / PLASTIC ONO BAND Mother (1971 Japanese first issue 7" vinyl single, also including Why, complete with a superb picture insert with lyrics on reverse. The insert displays minimal wear whilst the vinyl remains in 'near as new' condition AR-2734)
- John Lennon - Woman Is The Nigger Of The World - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $41.40, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jun-2021 17:06)
JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (1981 Japanese wide centre 7" vinyl single, originally released in 1972 and backed with Sisters O Sisters, with a unique picture insert printed with English/Japanese lyrics on the reverse. The insert displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played EAS-17127)
- John Lennon - Imagine - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.80, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 10:03)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (1975 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Working Class Hero. The vinyl remains in Excellent condition within a plain die-cut paper sleeve R6009)
- John Lennon - Imagine - Title Sleeve - German - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $27.60, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 17:13)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Late '70s/early '80s German 12" Maxi Single, also including It's So Hard, housed in a unique black & white title paper sleeve with the '12" Maxi Single' logo in the bottom left corner and 'EMI Electrola' logo in the top leftcorner. The sleeve has some light storage wear and a few spots of foxing, whilst the vinyl is excellent with just the odd light scuff/hairline to show for its age 1C052-04940YZ)
- John Lennon - Borrowed Time + Poster - UK - 12" vinyl - £30.00, $41.40, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 17:15)
JOHN LENNON Borrowed Time (1984 UK 12" vinyl single, also featuring Your Hands by Yoko Ono, complete with bonus full colour fold-out poster of John & Yoko naked in bed & glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays only light wear, the poster has never been displayed and the vinyl looks barely played POSPX701)
- John Lennon - I'm Stepping Out - UK - 12" vinyl - £30.00, $41.40, €34.80 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 17:18)
JOHN LENNON I'm Stepping Out (Scarce 1984 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also featuring Yoko Ono's Sleepless Night and Loneliness, picture sleeve. The sleeve displays just a little light general wear and the vinyl looks barely played POSPX702)
- John Lennon - Jealous Guy - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $27.60, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 17:22)
JOHN LENNON Jealous Guy (Scarce 1985 UK 3-track vinyl 12" single which also features Going Down On Love and Oh Yoko, glossy flipback style picture sleeve. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played 12R6117)
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JOHN LENNON Jealous Guy (1985 UK 7" single, also including Going Down On Love. The picture sleeve shows light ringwear & the vinyl is Excellent with minimal play R6117)