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Old May 26, 2009, 07:22 AM   #1
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Default John Lennon’s iron gift to his beloved aunt is set to go under the hammer

John Lennon’s iron gift to his beloved aunt is set to go under the hammer

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/new...er_the_hammer/

A SLICE of Beatles history will go under the hammer in Bournemouth tomorrow when a balustrade from John Lennon’s aunt’s house is sold at auction.

The white wrought iron railings once adorned the balcony at Harbour’s Edge on Sandbanks, the bungalow Lennon bought for his beloved aunt Mimi at the height of Beatlemania in the 1960s.

According to a newspaper cutting, which accompanies the lot, they were commissioned specially by the Beatle to show how much he loved her.

The clipping, from the letters page of the Daily Mail, is signed by a Rosalin McCulloch, of East Stour, who claims she bought the railings while living on Brownsea Island from 1991 to 1995.

It reads: “He decided to create a balcony for her to sit on and watch the boats go by. A wrought iron balustrade of seven hearts was commissioned to show how much he loved her.

“I bought these hearts when the bungalow was demolished and transported them to Brownsea.”

The ornate hearts, which have changed hands again since then, will be sold by House and Sons Auctioneers at the Lansdowne salesroom on Wednesday.

They are available for viewing the day before.

David Brasher, of the auctioneer, said: “We have already had quite a lot of international interest – people on the phone from the United States for example.

“Because they are such an unusual thing I don’t think I can be drawn on what they will make – either very little or quite a lot. All it takes is a couple of fanatical memorabilia buyers. You don’t know what can happen.”

Harbour’s Edge, bought a sanctuary for Mimi from the attentions of fans in Liverpool, was also an escape for Lennon on his many visits before his death in 1980.

Mimi Smith passed away in 1991 and the house was razed in 1994.
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Old May 29, 2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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The house that was built in its place is made of glass and you can almost see right through it...it doesn't appear to have any curtains either. But the gardens are still the same.

A friend of mine has a brick from the house that he swiped out of a skip when it was being demolished!
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Those railings are lovely. It is a shame that the house was razed and to be replaced by such a strange house Sandy!
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Damn shame, really. Talk about destroying history.
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This makes me so sad. People need to start appreciating history and not destroying it and selling it.
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Beatles balustrade sold at Dorset auction

8:28am Tuesday 2nd June 2009

A piece of Beatles history which went under the hammer in Bournemouth is thought to have sold for £750.

A wrought iron balustrade said to have been commissioned by John Lennon for his Aunt Mimi’s Sandbanks home was auctioned by House and Sons Auctioneers on Wednesday.

They told the Daily Echo the purchaser didn’t wish anything to be made public, but they confirmed the railings did sell.

The lot was accompanied by a newspaper clipping from the letters pages of the Daily Mail, from a woman who bought the railings when the bungalow was bulldozed in 1994.

She said Lennon decided to create a balcony for his aunt “to watch the boats go by”, and commissioned the balustrade with a design incorporating seven hearts “to show how much he loved her”.

Lennon bought Harbour’s Edge as a sanctuary for his beloved Aunt Mimi Smith during the height of Beatlemania in the 1960s and she lived there until her death in 1991.
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I hope that whoever bought it will enjoy it.
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This makes me so sad. People need to start appreciating history and not destroying it and selling it.
The example of this that annoys me the most has to be the STUPID guy that got sick of people looking at his house and bulldozed it - the house just happened to be the house in which Shakespeare lived and died. All you can do now is walk about what was the garden. So annoying. Every other place in Stratford upon Avon where Shakespeare or his family lived is of course all protected.

Oooh, and the fact that the original Cavern got destroyed. I never understand that!
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