John Lennon’s now-iconic sunglasses have been sold for an eye-watering £137,500 during an auction in London.
The gold wireframe glasses with round green-tinted lenses were sold at auction by Sotheby’s after Alan Herring, a former chauffeur to members of The Beatles, held on to them for more than 50 years.
Herring, who was originally hired by George Harrison, ended up working for Ringo Starr for a period of time while Harrison took a prolonged break in India. According to Herring, Lennon had accidentally left the sunglasses in the back of Ringo Starr’s car 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,” Herron explained. “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. He said he’d send out for some that fit. I never did get them mended I just kept them as they were as John had left them.”
He added: “This lot is accompanied by a letter of provenance.”