John Lennon's Abbey Road suit goes to auction at US gallery

Off-white two-piece up for auction at Braswell galleries in Connecticut, alongside brown velvet jacket from film Imagine

Forget the high-street sales, there is only one purchase a truly dedicated fashionista should consider making tomorrow: the white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road album.

The off-white two-piece is up for auction at Braswell galleries in Connecticut, alongside the brown velvet embroidered fleur-de-lys jacket the musician wore during the film Imagine, made in 1971 with his wife Yoko Ono.

The auction house claims that together, these items represent "the ultimate in rock and roll collectibles". The white suit was custom-made in Paris in 1969 by the designer Ted Lapidus. Lennon wore it with white plimsolls for the cover shoot by the Scots photographer Iain Macmillan, which pictured the band striding over the zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios in London. Featuring two buttons, wide lapels and flared hems, the suit is, says auction house owner Kathy Braswell, very small. "He was 5ft 10in and very thin. It's a slim suit."

The suit previously sold at auction for $120,000, in 2005 and is now given up by an anonymous collector of Lennon memorabilia, along with a 1972 green Chrysler station wagon once owned by Lennon and Ono.

Lennon gave the clothes to his friend Richard Ross, owner of the Home club in Manhattan. When Ross died, the suit stayed with Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, in New York until 1996, when an unnamed singer bought it.


Imogen Fox

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