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cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.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 (1971 UK 10-track vinyl LP, fully laminated picture sleeve with lyric/credits inner & large fold-out poster. The sleeve shows some light spine wear and only light general wear; the poster has just a slight tear on one of the fold marks, whilst the vinyl looks barely played PAS10004) […]
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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 shelfwear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition & looks barely played EMTV37) […]
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JOHN & YOKO / THE PLASTIC ONO BAND Happy Xmas [War Is Over] (1971 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Yoko's Listen, The Snow Is Falling, Apple company die-cut paper sleeve R5970) […]
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JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO Milk & Honey (1984 UK 12-track LP including the fabulous Nobody Told Me & the beautiful Grow Old With Me, glossy gatefold picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve shows some light wear, creases along the edges & the vinyl is excellent with very little play POLH5) […]
- John Lennon - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $38.10, €34.20 (New Item) (arrived 17-May-2019 09:15)
JOHN LENNON John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (1970 UK 11-track LP on the black & white Apple label with no Maclen publishing credit, fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl is VG+/EX- with the odd light sign of play PCS7124) […]
- John Lennon - Imagine - Quadraphonic + Poster & Postcard - Japanese - vinyl LP - £150.00, $190.50, €171.00 (New Item) (arrived 15-May-2019 10:06)
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- John Lennon - Imagine - Black Vinyl - Complete - Japanese - vinyl LP - £95.00, $120.65, €108.30 (New Item) (arrived 15-May-2019 09:46)
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JOHN LENNON John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (Rare original 1970 Japanese 11-track Black Vinyl LP, a stark & occasionally harrowing, very personal album, back pasted picture sleeve with the Japanese lyric insert, original lyric inner & the impossibly rare 'Medallion' obi-strip. The sleeve & obi both displays some light general wear and foxing, whilst the vinyl remains Excellent with only a few light signs of play AP-80174) […]
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