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Property of Alan Herring

JOHN LENNON | Sunglasses, c. 1968

Lot Closed

December 13, 02:14 PM GMT


6,000 - 8,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property of Alan Herring



gold tone wire-framed sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith, round green tinted lenses, with "Oliver Goldsmith" engraved on each inner temple, non-prescription, lacking screw on one side resulting in loose temple, and lens, minor scratching to lenses

THE MOST ICONIC SUNGLASSES IN ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY. In 1966, John Lennon was given a pair of round glasses to prepare for his role in Richard Lester's film How I Won the War. Quickly they became synonymous with his image and later his name.

Alan Herring states that "...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. 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."

“This lot is accompanied by a letter of provenance.”

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