April 25, 2014
John Lennon's Fireman Coat Up For Auction
A fireman-style jacket once owned by John Lennon is to go on sale at auction.
The blue coat is believed to be the same garment the iconic musician sported on the back cover of his and Yoko Ono's 1969 album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions.
Lennon left it on a coat hook at pal Jon Hendricks' home in New York City in 1978, and Hendricks then gave it to a friend, Andrew B. Harvey.
No estimated sale price has been given for the item but previous jackets belonging to the Beatles legend have fetched up to $200,000.
Harvey's certificate of authenticity states, "This British fireman's coat once belonged to John Lennon. It was given to me in 1978 by Jon Hendricks, my (then) common-law wife's uncle. Brothers Jon and Jeff Hendricks... were involved in the art movement known as 'fluxism' as was Yoko Ono. Through this they got to know the Lennons in the early seventies...
"In 1978 we went to stay with Jon for a few weeks. He told me the fireman's coat hanging in the hall had been left there by John Lennon when he'd called in a few months earlier. I think that was the last time he saw John Lennon... Jon asked me if I wanted the coat, as I was off on a cross-country hitch-hikingtrip and I didn't have one. I wore it through a couple of hard years. It may well be the coat that John Lennon is wearing on the back of the British album release (I think) as 'Life With The Lions' - unless he had several of them. The picture shows John and Yoko surrounded by British policemen, after John's drug bust."
The coat, which features epaulettes and silver-colored metal buttons, goes up for auction online via Nate D. Sanders on April 29.