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article imageA Tribute to Lennon and a Chance to Own a Piece of Music History

By Michelle Duffy     Jul 15, 2007 in Entertainment
Lennon's pair of famous Granny glasses have caused rumbles on the web since they have been put up for auction online. The pair, amongst many which were owned by John Lennon, has been put up for sale on the site, 991.com
In the later years of John Lennon's life, we can not imagine him without his trademark granny glasses. He owned many and it is only now that a pair has been put up for auction on an Internet website.
These particular gold rimmed glasses are extra special, especially in Japan, where he was reported to have worn them during the Beatles final world tour.
They played Japan in 1966, the year they announced they were to give up the stage and concentrate on studio work. They played that year, five dates in Tokyo at the city's Budokan Hall.
So far, the auction has gone wild with bids exceeding £750,000 on the 991.com website, and they are set to go higher. The bidders are remaining anonymous says the director of the auction house, John Warner. He told BBC News,
"The interest has been phenomenal. Our phones have been in meltdown. It's almost impossible to put a value on them," he added. "They're the rarest of the rare."
It was at these particular concerts in the country that the band were on the receiving end of some pretty disturbing threats. Religious fanatics were angry over the band being allowed to play their music on a sacred site.
The security was hyped up for these dates yet did not allow them to look around the city whilst they were there. Staying in their hotel for the whole duration, they could not venture out into the streets through fears of being attacked.
Junishi Yore, was a translator for the band and stayed in the hotel with them. They became close to the young man, and exchanged gifts with John at the end of their stay at the hotel which is a part of Japanese tradition. John, of course, gave the translator, the pair of sunglasses.
Yore went on to be a television producer and held onto the glasses as a treasured possession until 1984 when he parted with them, but also wrote a note mentioning that in respect of his British friend, he pushed out the dark lenses with his thumb the day when Lennon was shot dead.
The glasses were given to the Beatles  Japanese translator
The glasses were given to the Beatles' Japanese translator
Yore wrote a touching tribute in the note which says,
"I/we feel he see (sic) us after death in Japan."
The bidding closes on the 31 of July this year. It is thought that they will go to a private collector.
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