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cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.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 - Live In New York City - Sealed - US - vinyl LP - £75.00, $93.75, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-Aug-2020 11:04)
JOHN LENNON Live In New York City (Sealed 1986 US Columbia House Record Club issue 11-track LP, recorded live at the 'One To One' concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on 30th August 1972, housed in an embossed picture sleeve with'Manufactured by Columbia House' print on the back. The cover has no deletion cuts or markings & remains factory sealed from new, the vinyl mint & unplayed SV512451)
- John Lennon - Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins - Sealed - US - vinyl LP - £250.00, $312.50, €280.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-Aug-2020 11:01)
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (80's US Apple label issue of the 1968 vinyl LP, housed in the controversial picture sleeve with original 'brown paper' outer cover which remains factory sealed from new and is therefore still MINT and unplayed - a wonderful archive copy! T-5001)
- John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Green - P/S - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £45.00, $56.25, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 03-Aug-2020 10:37)
JOHN LENNON Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (1971 UK 7" single pressed on Green Vinyl, also including Yoko's Listen The Snow Is Falling, housed in the original picture sleeve. The sleeve displays only light signs withsome creasing and foxing, whilst the vinyl shows only light signs of play R5970)
- John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance - 3rd - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jul-2020 14:41)
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)
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- John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll - Sealed - US - vinyl LP - £95.00, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jul-2020 15:23)
JOHN LENNON Rock 'N' Roll (1975 US Apple 13-track vinyl LP, picture sleeve. This copy has been factory sealed from new & is therefore still mint & unplayed over thirty years on - a wonderful investment grade copy! SK-3419)
- John Lennon - Double Fantasy - Canadian - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 23-Jul-2020 14:30)
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO Double Fantasy (1980 Canadian 14-track LP, the final release by the legendary musician, including Woman, Watching The Wheels & [Just Like] Starting Over, complete with lyric inner. The picture sleeve shows just a littlelight shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition, showing few signs of play XGHS2001)