John Lennon's copy of Beatles 'Butcher cover' sells for over $355k NZD

News 13/05/2019

John Lennon's personal copy of a Beatles LP, 'Yesterday and Today' with a rare controversial cover art has been sold for an insane price of $354,563 NZD.

NME has reported that it is the third-highest price ever paid for a vinyl recording.

The controversial cover art was replaced with a more appropriate image with only a small number of copies happen to make their way to stores. In the artwork, the members could be seen dressed in butcher smocks with raw meat and mangled toy dolls.

An anonymous American collector won the bid at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool during a general sale of its merchandise. A spokesperson for Julien's Auctions told NME that it was considered as "an investment" as the buyer believed the value will increase greatly in the years to come.

The album hung on the wall of Lennon's New York apartment until it was given to an avid Beatles fan, Dave Morrell. It's also believed to be the only copy that includes signatures from Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

"The market is still developing, so we anticipate in the next five years this same record could bring $500,000-plus," Julien's Auctions president Darren Julien added. "This was a world record for a Beatles butcher cover and the third-highest price paid for a vinyl."

Starr's personal copy of the 'White Album' was auctioned for over $1.2m NZD in 2015, marking it the most expensive vinyl recording ever.