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cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.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 - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - 4pr - P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Oct-2019 12:29)
JOHN & YOKO / THE PLASTIC ONO BAND Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Classic 1971 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Yoko's Listen The Snow Is Falling, picture sleeve. The sleeve has a couple of small nicks in the openingedge and some light edgewear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played R5970)
John Lennon - Stand By Me - 2nd - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 17-Oct-2019 13:17)
JOHN LENNON Stand By Me (Classic 1975 UK second label variant 7" vinyl single with the 'Carlin Mus.Corp' credit & intact original four prong centre, also including Move Over Ms. L, Apple company die-cut paper sleeve R6005)
John Lennon - Mind Games - US - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $14.64, €13.32 (New Item) (arrived 16-Oct-2019 16:40)
JOHN LENNON Mind Games (1973 US Apple wide-centred 7" vinyl single, also including Meat City, picture sleeve. The delicate paper sleeve has some minor storage marks and the vinyl has a few light surface scuffs - an excellent example)
John Lennon - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $30.50, €27.75 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2019 15:35)
JOHN LENNON John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (1971 UK second issue 11-track vinyl LPwith additional 'copyright also claimed by Maclen' label print & matrices ending -1U both sides, complete with lyric inner, fully laminated picture sleeve. The inner shows some aging but remains complete and is without 'Maclen' credit. The sleeve shows just light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a few light surface scuffs to show for over fortyfive years PCS7124)
John Lennon - Instant Karma! - P/S - VG - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2019 13:49)
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 & the vinyl grades VG+/EX- with merely a few faint paper scuffs to highlight play APPLES1003)
John Lennon - Mind Games - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.20, €11.10 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2019 19:26)
JOHN LENNON Mind Games (Classic 1973 UK four-prong centre 7" vinyl single, also including Meat City, repro Apple company die cut sleeve R5994)
John Lennon - Imagine - Complete - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £65.00, $79.30, €72.15 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2019 16:13)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Classic 1971 UK 10-track LP on Apple, housed in a fully laminated picture sleeve complete with lyric inner, fold-out poster & postcard. The packaging is Excellent with few signs of age wear [tiny split to lyric inner] & the poster remains unused. The vinyl too has a deep sheen & grades Excellent with merely the lightest evidence of play PAS10004)
John Lennon - Open Your Box - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $36.60, €33.30 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2019 14:57)
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO / PLASTIC ONO BAND Open Your Box (Rare 1971 UK 7" vinyl single with the full Apple label on Yoko Ono's 'Open Your Box' side & the sliced Apple side for John Lennon's 'Power To The People', Apple company die cut paper sleeve. The vinyl itself remains in excellent condition with just the odd light hairline to indicate play R5892)
John Lennon - Cold Turkey - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $36.60, €33.30 (New Item) (arrived 17-Sep-2019 09:29)
JOHN LENNON & PLASTIC ONO BAND Cold Turkey (1981 Japanese 7" vinyl single, also including Don't Worry Kyoko [Mummy's Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow], unique picture insert with lyrics on the reverse. The insert displays minimal wear withsome foxing on the reverse, whilst the vinyl shows little signs of play EAS-17121)
John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.20, €11.10 (New Item) (arrived 12-Sep-2019 11:27)
JOHN LENNON Rock 'n' Roll (1981 UK second issue 13-track LP, featuring covers of classic rockers including Chuck Berry's You Can't Catch Me & a great version of Lloyd Price's Just Because, glossy picture sleeve with Jurgen Vollmer's iconic photograph of a young John in Hamburg. The sleeve shows only a little light shelfwear with some light ringwear & the vinyl still looks barely played with just light cosmetic paper hairlines visible PCS7169)