Wednesday, 7 September 2016

1956 AUSTIN PRINCESS OWNED BY JOHN IS UP FOR SALE FOR $250,000

1956 Austin Princess owned by John is up for sale.



John’s 1956 Austin Princess will be auctioned off on Wednesday in London by RM Sotheby’s and is expected to fetch more than $250,000.
The Beatles frequently used Austin Princess limousines over other more luxurious saloon style cars because the doors opened wider, allowing them to quickly jump in while being chased by fans.
But John purchased this 1956 Austin Princess for his personal use from a mortuary in Manchester in 1971.

 
John had the coffin tracks removed and airline seats installed for passenger use.
The seats, which have ashtrays built into the arms, give the car an eccentric feel.

The classic car was also featured in John’s 1972 film “Imagine.” Lennon and Yoko Ono both used the vehicle in the film.
 






The Princess also comes with the original registration and title document. Lennon’s name is printed on the documents alongside his signature, which is interestingly signed “John Ono Lennon.”

 


In 1972, Lennon sold the car to William “Bell” McGraw, who was an Oscar winning film producer.
McGraw kept the car until 1985 when it was then auctioned off at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City.

The car was auctioned off again in 2005 and purchased by Milton Verret, a collector from Austin, Texas. Verret donated the vehicle to the Austin Rock & Roll Car Museum in 2008. And now the museum is auctioning it off in London to raise money for several different children’s charities. It's expected to go for more than $250,000.

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