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cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.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 Lennon (2015 UK 'Back To Black' limited edition eight LP boxed collection. The box features John’s eight solo studio albums pressed on Audiophile Quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, newly cut from 96k digital files by SeanMagee at Abbey Road Studios and manufactured for the world by Optimal Media in Germany. Each album is an authentic reproduction of the original UK pressings, in sound and visual presentation, including the postcard, poster and inner bag for Imagine,postcard and inner for Some Time In New York City, Walls and Bridges includes the two fold-over flaps, an eight-page booklet and inner sleeve, and Mind Games, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey also include reproductions of their original inner sleeves. All housed in a 12½" x 12½" x 2" sized slipcase style box with an MP3 download voucher with faithfully replicated original album art. This copy is still in its opened shrinkwrap and the box is mint and the contents 100% unplayed)
- John Lennon - Mind Games - 180g - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $34.49, €29.74 (New Item) (arrived 13-Oct-2021 13:30)
JOHN LENNON Mind Games (2015 UK limited edition 'Back to Black' series remastered issue of the 1973 12-track LP pressed on 180gm Heavyweight Vinyl, including the classic title track. The picture sleeve, printed inner sleeve and vinyl are all in Mint condition)
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JOHN & YOKO/THE PLASTIC ONO BAND Happy Xmas [War Is Over] (1971 UK solid centre 7" single pressed on Green Vinyl with John & Yoko headshots picture labels, also including Listen The Snow Is Falling. Nestled within a plain die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl remains in excellent condition R5970)
- John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.80, €11.90 (New Item) (arrived 06-Oct-2021 08:58)
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 & vinyl are Excellent with minor signs of wear & play PCS7169)
- John Lennon - Imagine - Black Vinyl - Complete - ¥2,200 - Japanese - vinyl LP - £95.00, $131.10, €113.05 (New Item) (arrived 06-Oct-2021 09:37)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Rare original 1971 Japanese Apple label 10-track LP on black vinyl, housed in a pasted picture sleeve complete with die-cut English lyric inner, glossy Japanese text lyric insert, postcard, 22" x 33" fold-out poster & 'medallion' shaped picture obi-strip. This example has a '¥2,200' price sticker at the top of the obi and back of the sleeve over the original ¥2,000 printed price. The sleeve displays minimal wear and only light signs of age along with all inserts,and the vinyl shows only light signs of play AP-80370)
- John Lennon - Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £35.00, $48.30, €41.65 (New Item) (arrived 07-Oct-2021 10:11)
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- John Lennon - Wonsaponatime - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £95.00, $131.10, €113.05 (New Item) (arrived 09-Oct-2021 12:29)
JOHN LENNON Wonsaponatime (Limited Edition 1999 UK 21-track double LP pressed on Heavyweight Vinyl, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve featuring an Introduction by Yoko on the inside, with picture inner sleeves featuring rare photos & lyrics. The sleeve & the vinyl discs appear Near Mint with very little wear & only minor evidence of handling or play - still in the open shrinkwrap)
- John Lennon - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $55.20, €47.60 (New Item) (arrived 11-Oct-2021 15:00)
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- John Lennon - Imagine - 180gram Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $34.49, €29.74 (New Item) (arrived 13-Oct-2021 13:26)
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- John Lennon - Milk And Honey - UK - vinyl LP - £19.99, $27.59, €23.79 (New Item) (arrived 13-Oct-2021 13:37)
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