The auctioneer's silver hammer came down...
The news has experienced a bit of a John Lennon frenzy in the past few days. The late Beatles guitarist has made headlines - or at least relics of him have - as news that someone wants to clone him from a rotten tooth and that his blue jacket have been sold at auction has emerged.
John's Lennon Jacket Fetched £7,000 At Auction.
The jacket, which was expected to reach between £8,000 and £12,000 at a Derbyshire auction, was passed from Lennon to Jo Jo Johns, the band's former PA, after she acquired it after a 1971 clear-out of Lennon's house, reports BBC News. Johns then gifted the teal long blazer-style garment to her friend Tony Goddard as a birthday present and it was Goddard who chose to set the item now after 25 years of displaying it in his home.
Lennon's Jacket Produced A "Stunned Silence" In The Auction House.
The vendor explained how he came across the jacket of the musician who was shot in 1980: "The jacket was given to me at one of my birthday parties in the early 70s," explained Goddard. "Jo Jo was a good friend and she had acquired a lot of abandoned belongings from the band members." The jacket's new owner, who paid £7,000, said she didn't want to be named but that the item will make an outstanding addition to her already extensive Beatles memorabilia collection.
The Sale Went To An Anonymous Beatles Collector.
Junior valuer at Hanson's Auctioneers, Elizabeth Bailey said that "the whole room dropped into a stunned silence" when the seller explained the coat's history at a valuation evening. The Etwall auction house's manager, Charles Hanson, reaffirmed the jacket's authenticity, saying that "There is no doubt, in [his] mind, that this jacket was well worn by John in the late 1960s." The recent Beatles sale is certainly an exciting item to surface but it is definitely not the most unusual Beatles item to be sold at auction.
A Piece Of Elvis Presley's Hair Reached A Large Sum.
The coat's sale coincided with a slightly creepier Beatles buy that went to a Canadian dentist, Michael Zuk who paid £20,000 for Lennon's rotten tooth. He told the BBC of his intentions to extract DNA from the tooth in order to clone the Liverpudlian musician, saying "Many people have thought about cloning famous people and I think John Lennon should be at the top of the heap." Well good luck with that, Zuk.
Mick Jagger's Locks Reached A Hair-fty Price.
In 2006, a radio station got hold of a piece of Justin Timberlake's half-eaten French toast and sold it to a besotted 19-year-old 'N Sync fan for $3,000; the proceeds of which went to Timberlake's charity.
Hair also seems to be a trendy celebrity sell at auction with a chunk of Elvis Presley's barnet auctioned off for $15,000 in 2009, a clump of The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger's famous 'do sold for £4,000 this July, and strands of Michael Jackson's burnt hair were bought by a gambling website for $11,000 with plans to turn the scraps into a roulette wheel in 2011.
Ever wanted a tissue with your celeb idol's snot on it? Well that's exactly what one avid Scarlett Johansson fan got when they paid $2,000 for her snotty hanky after she appeared on a late night talk show with a cold, reports Xfinity.
Scarlett Johansson's Flu Auctioned.
Worship the air a celebrity breathes? Well Brad Pitt and Angelina's exhaled breath was bottled and sold for over $500 after comedy writer Joe Wilson managed to get the Mr and Mrs Smith pair to breathe into a jar.
We'll stop there but we haven't nearly exhausted the list of weird things that can be gleaned from famous people and sold for a hefty price tag. In fact, it seems like it's quite the career choice if you're good at persuading the rich and famous to give up their useless items. Go and talk to your school or college's careers advisor.
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