Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s eldest son, is to auction off a range of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) featuring digitized pieces of Lennon and Beatles memorabilia from his personal collection.
As NME reports, the online auction will take place on Julien’s Auctions on February 7, 2022, with Julian Lennon offering music fans the chance to “own a piece of music history.”
While Julian will keep the physical items from his collection, bidders will have the chance to buy NFT versions of the memorabilia in the auction. Each item, which will be presented as an audio-visual collectible, will include narration by Lennon’s son and imagery of the item in question.
The NFT collection includes handwritten notes by Paul McCartney from the writing of “Hey Jude,” which was originally written for Julian to comfort him during the time of John and Cynthia Lennon’s divorce. The bidding for this NFT starts at $30,000 (£22,258).
Other items include the Afghan coat worn by John Lennon in the Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour, a Gibson Les Paul guitar gifted by the late artist to his son, and the black cape worn by Lennon in the film Help!.
“I’ve been collecting these personal items for about 30 years, and I was getting a bit fed up with them being locked away in a vault, where I’ve had to keep them because I didn’t want them to get damaged,” Lennon told Variety about the venture.