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cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.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
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John Lennon - Imagine + Poster - UK - vinyl LP - £39.00, $50.31, €45.63 (New Item) (arrived 30-Mar-2020 11:16)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (1971 UK 10-track LP with 'an EMI recording' text on the picture labels, housed in the fully laminated picture sleeve with the black & white lyric inner & large fold-out black & white poster. The sleeve is Excellent with justa faint ripple in the laminate on the back - the poster is unused & has no rips or tears, only mild signs of ageing to its plain white back. The vinyl grades EX/EX- with a few light paper hairlines not affecting play PAS10004)
John Lennon - Imagine - Quadraphonic - Complete - Japanese - vinyl LP - £250.00, $322.50, €292.50 (New Item) (arrived 26-Mar-2020 11:47)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Rare early to mid 1970s Japanese Apple Records QUADRAPHONIC pressing of the 10-track vinyl LP, fully compatible with conventional stereo systems, within a pasted picture sleeve complete with the original die-cut lyric/credit inner, Japanese lyric inner, 4 Channel RM Sound explanation sheet in Japanese, large fold-out Poster, Postcard and golden wide obi-strip. The sleeve & obi both displays just a little light wear with minimal signs of age, the inner, poster and inserts remain in a really nice condition whilst the vinyl looks barely played EAZ-80006)
John Lennon - Menlove Ave - Japanese - vinyl LP - £35.00, $45.15, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 23-Mar-2020 15:47)
JOHN LENNON Menlove Ave (1986 Japanese 10-track vinyl LP, housed in a picture sleeve complete with Japanese / lyric insert & obi-strip. Both the sleeve and vinyl remain beautiful 'as new' condition ECS-91197)
John Lennon - Instant Karma! - P/S - VG - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $19.35, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 20-Mar-2020 14:34)
JOHN LENNON Instant Karma! (1970 UK solid centre 7" single with 'Play Loud' label text, also featuring Yoko's 'Who Has Seen The Wind'. The title sleeve shows just a little mild wear and foxing, the vinyl grades VG+/EX- with merely a few faint paper scuffs to highlight play APPLES1003)
John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance - 3rd - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.48, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 20-Mar-2020 12:25)
PLASTIC ONO BAND Give Peace A Chance (Early 1970s UK third issue 7" vinyl single on dark green Apple label with intact four prong centre, also including Remember Love, Apple company die cut paper sleeve APPLE13)
John Lennon - Borrowed Time - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 18-Mar-2020 15:14)
JOHN LENNON Borrowed Time (1984 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Yoko Ono's Your Hands, paper picture sleeve. The sleeve does show some light wear whilst the vinyl shows little evidence of play POSP701)
John Lennon - Double Fantasy - UK - vinyl LP - £8.00, $10.32, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 18-Mar-2020 14:28)
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO Double Fantasy (1980 UK 14-track LP, the final release from the former leader of a very famous sixties band as a new era dawned, picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear &the vinyl is Excellent with minimal play K99131)
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over - Irish - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.32, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 13-Mar-2020 10:18)
JOHN LENNON (Just Like) Starting Over (1980 Irish solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Yoko Ono's Kiss Kiss Kiss, WEA group die cut paper sleeve K79186)
John Lennon - The John Lennon Collection - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.48, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 07-Mar-2020 15:36)
JOHN LENNON The John Lennon Collection (1982 UK 17-track compilation LP including Give Peace A Chance, Instant Karma, Cold Turkey, Mind Games, #9 Dream, Happy Xmas [War Is Over], Imagine, Jealous Guy and many more, complete with illustrated lyric inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little wear, some scuffs along the spine and the vinyl displays a few faint hairlines but remains in excellent condition EMTV37)
John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru The Night - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $32.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 04-Mar-2020 09:56)
JOHN LENNON Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (1974 Japanese wide centred 7" vinyl single, also including Beef Jerky. The vinyl remains in barely played condition within the Apple company die-cut picture sleeve complete with the picture insert which has the '¥500' price point on the front and the lyrics to the title track printed in both English & Japanese on the reverse EAR-10650)