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cover of ‘Yesterday and Today’ showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966.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 - The John Lennon Collection - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2020 08:54)
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 - Imagine + Poster - 80s - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2020 10:18)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Early 80s UK issue of the 1971 10-track LP, housed in a glossy non-barcoded picture sleeve with large fold-out poster. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal play PAS10004)
- John Lennon - Imagine - Solid - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 26-May-2020 15:53)
JOHN LENNON Imagine (1975 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Working Class Hero. Issued in a plain die-cut company sleeve, the vinyl appears in excellent condition R6009)
- John Lennon - Mind Games - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 26-May-2020 12:07)
JOHN LENNON Mind Games (1973 UK first press 12-track vinyl LP with 'An Apple Record' label text, matt picture sleeve with shape-cornered lyric inner. The sleeve has some light edgewear [tiny corner split] and the vinyl is in excellent condition with merely a few light signs of play PCS7165)
- John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance - 2nd - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 25-May-2020 09:01)
PLASTIC ONO BAND Give Peace A Chance (1969 UK second press 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre & both Apple & Parlophone catalogue numbers on the label, also including Remember Love, Apple repro die cut company sleeve APPLE13)
- John Lennon - Milk And Honey - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 24-May-2020 14:56)
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO Milk & Honey (1984 UK 12-track vinyl LP, including the fabulous 'Nobody Told Me' and the beautiful 'Grow Old With Me', complete with lyric inner, gatefold picture sleeve POLH5)
- John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2020 14:50)
JOHN LENNON Rock 'n' Roll (1975 UK first 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 & possibly the definitive version of Stand By Me, matt picture sleeve.The sleeve & vinyl remain in Excellent condition with few signs of wear & play PCS7169)
- John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance - 3rd - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 21-May-2020 13:46)
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 - Cold Turkey - 4PR - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 21-May-2020 13:45)
JOHN LENNON / PLASTIC ONO BAND Cold Turkey (1969 UK 7" vinyl single with 'PLAY LOUD' labels, also including Yoko's 'Don't Worry Kyoko', with intact original four prong centre, Apple company die cut paper sleeve APPLES1001)
- John Lennon - Shaved Fish - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 18-May-2020 09:43)
JOHN LENNON Shaved Fish (Late 70s UK second issue of the superb 1975 12-track LP compilation, complete with lyric inner, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent [tiny thumbnail split in bottom opening] & the vinyl still looks barely playedPCS7173)