A copy of a rare Beatles album once owned by John Lennon, complete with hand-drawn sketches, and three Beatle signatures, is expected to sell for more than $200,000 at auction next week.

The early edition of Yesterday And Today features an infamous photo of the group dressed as butchers, and remains one of the only copies in existence. It will be auctioned as one of the star lots of Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment Signature Auction, which takes place in Dallas on November 11. At the time of writing, the Current Bid is listed as $100,000.

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Lennon gave it to Beatles collector Dave Morrell in 1972 in return for memorabilia and bootleg material. The message states “To Dave, from John Lennon,” alongside a date of December 7, 1971. The album was later also signed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Gary Shrum, the director of music memorabilia at Heritage Auctions, told the Daily Mail: “The term world class is probably a bit over-used in describing collectibles, however, labeling this unique, rare, and desirable Beatles item as world class is not hyperbole.

“This piece is rare because one it’s the butcher cover that was withdrawn and never sold on the market after the second day. It’s John Lennon’s personal copy, it’s a prototype that had a blank back, which John did artwork on the back of.

Plus it’s a stereo copy which was the rarest of the butcher covers, because only a few stereo copies got out when they were for sale.

So this is a brilliant piece for any Beatles collector or rock and roll collector that likes to collect the history of music.”

More info from Heritage Auctions.

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