Mop-top cartoon to clean up at auction
A cartoon self-portrait of John Lennon is one item of Beatles memorabilia up for auction at the end of the month.
Among the items going under the hammer in Co Laois is a guest book from the famous Jammets Restaurant in Dublin. It contains a piece of original John Lennon art -- a cartoon self-portrait in ink drawn by the mop-top himself.
It shows him full length with a big head of hair, playing his guitar and with music staves floating from his head. He wrote: "The other three are saving up to come here. YEAH -- 3", and he signed it BSL.
Auctioneer Phillip Sheppard speculates that Lennon called himself Sean when he was in Dublin, hence the BSL would stand for Beatle Sean Lennon.
"YEAH -- 3", he thinks, is Lennon's shorthand for 'She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah', the song that catapulted the group to the top of the charts.
The entry is not dated, but it falls on a page following one dated February 1964 and immediately before one dated February 6, 1964. Lennon's visit to Dublin's then most iconic and expensive restaurant must have been a private one, as the only time the Beatles played a concert in Dublin was in November 1963.
The young Lennon's autograph is among stellar company.
Jammets leather-bound guest book contains 165 completed pages, with up to 60 signatures on many of the pages.
Among the famous names is that of John A Costello, who dined there on December 6, 1949, during his first term as Taoiseach. Unfortunately, only his signature is present for that date, so there is no indication of his dining companion.
Randolph Churchill, the Tory MP son of Winston Churchill, also signed.
Lots of international stars were guests, including classical conductor Thomas Beecham and crooner Bing Crosby, playwright Noel Coward, and actors Barry Fitzgerald, Maureen O'Hara and Dublin's own Hilton Edwards and Michael MacLiammoir, who gave his address as Baile Atha Cliath.
Also included in the auction which is taking place on Tuesday, April 27, at Sheppard's Auction House in Durrow, is the original Burlington Hotel guest book in Andrew Street, which was where Jammets originally opened in 1901 before moving to Nassau Street in the mid-1920s. Among the signatures in this book are those of Charles Stuart Parnell and John Redmond.
Sheppard's is estimating the Jammets guest book will sell for between €1500 and €2500.