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Rare Beatles "butcher cover" signed by John Lennon being auctioned in Liverpool in May

Rare Beatles "butcher cover" signed by John Lennon being auctioned in Liverpool in May

Courtesy of Julien’s AuctionsA rare copy of the “butcher cover” version of The Beatles‘ 1966 album Yesterday and Today — once owned by John Lennon — is going up for bid May 9 at a memorabilia auction at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, U.K.

The LP jacket, which contains a stereo prototype disc, has a blank back cover.  Lennon autographed the front and decorated the back with a personalized drawing for a Beatles bootleg collector named Dave Morrell.  Lennon traded the album to Morrell in exchange for a reel-to-reel recording of the Yellow Matter Custard bootleg.

John’s signature on the front reads “To Dave from John Lennon Dec 7th 71” —  and Morrell later got both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to autograph the cover too.

It’s expected to fetch between $160,000 and $180,000.

The LP is among many items going on the block at the “Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool” sale, presented by Julien’s Auctions. The event will be streamed live at; bidding will be accepted both at the museum and online.

Other notable collectibles being auctioned include:

–A baseball signed by The Beatles at the band’s final U.S. concert, in 1966 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, estimated to sell for $80,000 to $100,000

–A guitar strap owned and signed by Lennon, which is expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000

–A Liverpool Airport poster, signed by the Fab Four, that announced the band members’ arrival in their hometown to attend a 1964 screening of A Hard Day’s Night.  It’s estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

Julien’s Auctions also is partnering with the museum to host a “Memorabilia Day” on May 10, where fans and collectors can bring in their rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia to be appraised for free.

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