Sunday, May 1, 2011

John Lennon: home studio equipment up for auction

Beatles and recording enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that microphones and equipment from John Lennon's home studio are to be sold at an upcoming auction.

The BBC reports the former Beatle had the equipment installed at his Georgian manor house estate at Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot, in 1970, and was used to record the "Plastic Ono Band" and "Imagine" albums.

The microphones are expected to fetch at least £5,000 each.

Lennon was joined by his wife Yoko Ono and fellow Beatles members Ringo Starr and George Harrison in using the microphones during recording sessions.

Recording equipment specialist seller MJQ Ltd, which is handling the sale, is also selling a mixing console from London's Abbey Road studios, which has been used for recordings for the past 18 years.

An acetate disc used for mastering recordings, in which all four Beatles have etched their names, is expected to sell for tens of thousands of pounds.

A coffee percolator owned by Starr - who later acquired Lennon's home - will also be offered up for sale.

The online sale begins on May 11 - check out for details.

Imagine John Lennon - Imagine (Remastered)

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

See also:

Yoko Ono: security breach at NYC Dakota building
John Lennon's private letters to be published in 2012
The Beatles: John Lennon’s Abbey Road suit sells for 46K at auction
Yoko Ono donates gold John Lennon coin to Alder Hey Imagine Appeal for auction