A JACKET which was once owned by John Lennon could fetch up to £10,000 when it goes up for sale with a South Derbyshire auctioneer.
The teal jacket, which belonged to the Beatle in the late 1960s, was handed to Hansons, in Etwall, after being on dispaly in a Leicestershire home for more than 25 years.
The man who owned it – Tony Goodard – had been given the item of clothing by the group’s PA Jo Jo Johns in the early seventies, when she was tasked with clearing out Lennon’s home after his move to America.
Mr Goddard is now hoping it can delight a fellow Beatles fan.
He said: “The jacket was given to me at one of my birthday parties in the early 1970s. Jo Jo was a good friend and she had acquired a lot of abandonded belongings from the band members.”
The jacket may look familiar to fans of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, as it is similar to the style of clothing worn by the band on the iconic record sleeve. It has a slight tear on the left sleeve.
Charles Hanson, manager of the auction house, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that this jacket was well worn by John in the late 1960s. One wonders whether DNA may still be evident on the garment.”
It was brought to a valuation in Market Harborough, and is due to go on sale on August 22.
Claire Howell, music and memorabilia consultant at the auction house, said: “The piece would be an iconic investment. The Beatles not only defined the sound of the 60s and 70s, but the style, culture and attitude. The jacket is a piece of history and this is a remarkable opportunity to own a piece worn and kept by one of Britain’s most famed and inspirational individuals.”