A former Beatles chauffeur got $183,000 for a pair of John Lennon’s iconic round-rim sunglasses


Amongst the many things to remember John Lennon by, his famous pair of specs are one of the most iconic. The glasses with round, green-tinted lenses and a golden frame were made by Oliver Goldsmith and were given to the Beatles legend in 1966 for his role in Richard Lester’s film – How I Won the War. Touted as the most famous pair of specs in rock-and-roll, the glasses were recently sold for $183,000 at auction.


Offered on sale by late musician’s former chauffeur Alan Herring, the frames come with a missing screw and few scratches on the lenses. They were snapped up for a record price of $183,000 or £137,500 (in an online auction) by an unnamed bidder alongside other Fab Four collectibles, including a hippy necklace with cowbells, warn by Harrison, which sold for £10,000 ($13209).

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Commenting on the frames, Herring in a statement said, “In the summer of 1968 I had picked John up with Ringo and George in Ringo’s Mercedes and driven the boys into the office,” He further added, “When John got out of the car I noticed that he’d left these sunglasses on the back seat and one lens and one arm had become disconnected. I asked John if he’d like me to get them fixed for him. He told me not to worry they were just for the look!” Well, all said, lucky is the bidder who now owns a piece of Lennon’s style!

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[Via: Sothebys]

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