Julian Lennon to auction Beatles memorabilia as NFTs

By Raffaele Redi

The collection of six NFTs feature personal items from the iconic British band

Hey Jude NFT with handwritten notes by Paul McCartney                                 
The Hey Jude NFT features notes written by Paul McCartney – Photo: Julien’s Auctions

California-based auction house Julien’s Auctions has announced the sale of six exclusive NFTs from Julian Lennon. The collection features iconic items from his father, John Lennon, leader of The Beatles.

The NFTs are a curated selection of rare and meaningful pieces from Julian Lennon’s own life and childhood, including the notes for Hey Jude, the 1968 hit song, handwritten and illustrated by Paul McCartney.

The NFT collection includes the Afghan coat worn by John Lennon on the set of the 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, the black cape he wore in the 1965 movie Help! and three vintage electric guitars personally gifted to Julian Lennon by his father.

“These items highlight the close relationship and connection between Julian and his father, John Lennon, and include insightful narration from Julian documenting the personal significance of each item,” said the auction house.

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to The White Feather Foundation, which supports projects across the globe that help protect and preserve indigenous cultures, and conserve and sustain the environment. Bids will be accepted until February 7.

The Hey Jude NFT

As Julian Lennon will remain the sole owner of the physical items, the most expensive NFT in the series, the Hey Jude NFT, is estimated to be worth between $50,000 and $70,000.   

The Hey Jude NFT, which includes an exclusive audio narration by Julian Lennon, features the original notes handwritten by McCartney. The hit song, thought to be one of the greatest of all time, was The Beatles’ biggest-selling single in the US.

“The first song released on The Beatles’ own Apple Records label, Hey Jude, originally titled ‘Hey Jules’, was written for Julian Lennon by Paul McCartney to comfort him during the time of his parents John and Cynthia Lennon’s divorce,” explained the auction house.

“Paul separated how he thought the song should be structured into four sections, with voices and instruments. These original notes include his personal doodles and drawings,” added Juilen’s Auctions.

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