A pair of John Lennon’s sunglasses was sold at auction for £137,500 (approximately $183,000) at Sotheby’s London, although was expected to fetch between just £6,000 to £8,000 (about $8000 to $10,600).
The glasses were in the possession of Lennon’s former chauffeur Alan Herring, who collected them from the back seat of a car after the former Beatle left them there in the summer of 1968.
Described as “the most iconic sunglasses in rock and roll history,” this pair of round glasses was given to Lennon in 1966 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. In a statement, Herring explained how he came to own the glasses, saying, “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.”