Wednesday 30 August 2023


This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Beatles history. An object owned by John Lennon during a pivotal period in his life. And an original part of one of rock and roll's most famous cars. Signed by Lennon. Untouched for more than 50 years.

A cigarette lighter from John Lennon’s celebrated white Rolls-Royce Phantom 5
Signed handsomely by Lennon on the attached tag. Gifted by Lennon to a mechanic friend in the late 1960s
A silver car lighter from John Lennon’s celebrated white Rolls-Royce (licence plate: EUC 100C). Signed handsomely by Lennon on the attached tag. 

John Lennon gifted the lighter to a local mechanic friend. Lennon no longer required the lighter as coachbuilders Mulliner had exchanged it for a gold one during major renovations of the car for the Beatle in 1966/1967. 

Lennon has handsomely signed the attached red tag, the reverse of which reads '(Mulliner) C54 699'. Mulliner were a firm of Rolls-Royce coachbuilders based in Chiswick, West London. 

The lighter is sold with a letter of provenance from the original owner's daughter-in-law reading (in part): "My father in law was head mechanic at a garage in Ascot, Berkshire... this lighter was taken from a car that was being customised for John Lennon. He offered it to my father in law as they had formed an excellent relationship. To show its authenticity John Lennon signed the tag on the lighter".
An exquisitely made piece from Rolls-Royce, with real class and weight. 

A unique item. John and Yoko used the car during their “Bed-In” honeymoon in Amsterdam.  On its return to England, it was the backdrop for the Beatles' second last photo-shoot, on April 9 by the Thames. 

Lennon gave this lighter to a mechanic friend who worked in a garage in Ascot, just 5 minutes' drive from Lennon’s then home at Tittenhurst Park. 

Prior to relocating to the US in 1971, Lennon sold the car to the Beatles’ manager Alan Klein for £50,000. It appeared in the 1971 Klein-produced film “The Greek Tycoon” starring Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset.
Today the car has undergone a full restoration, funded by Alan Klein’s son, Jodie Klein. In 2016 the car appeared at Burleigh’s Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club Rally, achieving “best in class”. It remains in Jodie Klein’s private garage.

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