An extremely rare stereo copy of the "butcher cover" version of The Beatles' 1966 album Yesterday and Today, once owned by John Lennon, will be up for bid at a memorabilia auction in Dallas on Saturday, November 11.
The LP is a prototype copy with a blank back that Lennon decorated 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 Fab Four bootleg Yellow Matter Custard.
Lennon signed the front of the album "To Dave from/ John Lennon/ Dec 7th 71," and Morrell later was able to get Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to autograph the cover as well.
Heritage Auctions, which is hosting the sale, has deemed the LP "the rarest Beatles record in the world." An initial bid of $100,000 already has been offered for the album, although Heritage expects it to sell for more than $200,000.
The LP will come with a number of letters of authentication, including one from respected Beatles expert Gary Hein, who says, "There is no Beatles album in the world that compares with this one, in my professional opinion, in terms of both rarity and value."
Among the other high-priced items going on the block at the November 11 sale in Dallas is a 1963 Martin acoustic guitar that Bob Dylan played at George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh and on his own 1975-1976 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. The starting bid for the guitar is $300,000.
To find out more about the sale, visit HA.com.