PRICEY pieces of musical history including John Lennon's iconic glasses have been sold for eye-watering prices at an auction house in Great Sankey.

Around 40 buyers filled the room of Omega Auctions on Warrington Road on Tuesday and Wednesday with more than 250 bidders from across the globe placing their bids either on the phone or online.

The Beatles legend's trademark round glasses were up for grabs to the highest bidder and were expected to fetch up to £10,000.

But following a tight bidding war the glasses were sold to a mystery buyer for a staggering £14,600.

Lennon loaned these spectacles to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett in 1965 to lend to her brother when he needed a pair to complete his schoolboy fancy dress outfit.

The glasses come with a signed letter of authenticity and signed legal affidavit from Dot Jarlett's son.

A collection of Beatles photographs with copyright from their 1963 performance at the ABC cinema in Ardwick, Manchester, sold for £5,200 while original leases and plans for the Hacienda Nightclub in Manchester sold for £1,800.

Auctioneer, Paul Fairweather said: “The sale was a great success with our star lot far outstripping our pre-sale estimate. 

"The pair of Windsor glasses originally loaned by John Lennon to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett in 1965 sold for £14,600 against a pre sale estimate of £5,000 to £10,000 which yet again confirms a strong market for rare Beatles memorabilia where the provenance is so strong."

More than 85 per cent of the lots were sold during the auction.

Other items on sale included negatives of Cilla Black and Brian Epstein and a Stone Roses demo cassette.

A draft of Lennon's divorce statement that had only been seen in public for the first time this year was also on the market.

While the papers documenting Lennon's marriage troubles to his wife Cynthia did not reach the reserve price, it is expected to be sold in the coming days.


Thousands of pounds were spent this week on musical memorabilia but if you had a spare £14,600 in cash to spend what would you splash the cash on?

Here are just a few suggestions of items you could buy if you have £14,600 in loose change burning a hole in your pocket.

Suggestion one: A new Audi A1. With prices starting from £14,355 you can even afford to fill up the petrol tank. Winner.

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Suggestion two: You could afford to splash out on 4,866 pints of beer at £3 a go.

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Suggestion three: You could easily afford to buy 48 iPad Minis with wifi, cellular data and 16GB.

Warrington Guardian: Apple iPad Mini, from £268.00 at carphonewarehouse.comSuggestion four: An around the world cruise with is within budget. Visit America, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Orient and South Africa as part of the 114 night world journey. Outside cabins from £13,149.

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Suggestion five: Fancy 3,113 McDonald's Big Mac large extra value meal? Well if you had £14,600 you would be able to treat yourself to that many. (Note: Man not included)

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Suggestion six: Experiences the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower 1,327 times.

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Suggestion seven: You could also buy 608 Network Warrington Touch and Go weekly adult bus passes.

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