John Lennon's Toilet Auctioned Off For $15,000
Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:16:32
Over the weekend, a Beatles fan who can only be described as diehard plunked down $15,500 for a toilet belonging to the late John Lennon at an auction of unauthorized Beatles memorabilia. Where the hell would one get a certificate of authenticity for an item such as this? The dude who bought this latrine must be independently wealthy.
The toilet was once a part of Lennon's Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire, England, which he bought in 1969. In 1972, the unique toilet, which had blue flowers painted on it, was given to a contractor by the musician during a renovation. Lennon purportedly told the contractor to "put some flowers in it." Since, you know, flowers and toilets go hand in hand. Because when I think poop, I think peonies and posies.
"The toilet might be worth something and it might not, but it is certainly one of the more unusual items we've sold," auction organizer Steven Bailey told The Daily Telegraph in the UK. The commode was expected to nab around $1,600, but a bidding war ensued and the toilet ultimately went to a private overseas buyer...who apparently has plenty of cash to burn, er, flush. I am still wondering why anyone would want John Lennon's toilet. I wonder how Yoko Ono feels about this.
Lennon's porcelain bowl was among 303 lots auctioned off over the weekend at the 33rd annual Beatle Week Festival in Liverpool. I can only imagine what else was up for grabs. Paul McCartney's nose hair trimmers?
What a waste, and yes, I mean that type of waste!
What would you say to this buyer if given the opportunity?