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#776 - Beatles: John Lennon

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The registration for Lennon's famous psychedelic 1965 Rolls Royce

DS, one page, 16 x 7, June 3, 1965. Official vehicle registration form for Lennon’s 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V limousine, signed on the left side by Lennon in black ink. His personal and vehicular information was filled out in another hand, registering the car to “John Winston Lennon, ‘Kenwood,’ St. Georges Hill, Weybridge Sy,” noting that the car is black and has a petrol-powered 6230 cc engine, and assigning a license plate number of “FJB 111C.” The document is permanently affixed to a mat beneath an image of the vehicle to an overall size of 20 x 16. In fine condition, with expected document wear.

It was not long before Lennon began to modify the vehicle, beginning with an extensive interior renovation—the rear seat was made to convert into a double bed, and a television, telephone, custom sound system, and refrigerator were all installed. Though the Rolls Royce was delivered in a classic matte black, in 1967 he commissioned an elaborate, colorful paint job for it in the style of a psychedelic gypsy wagon, hiring J. P. Fallon Limited, a coachworks company in Surrey, to complete the work. John's car was used exclusively by the Beatles during their heyday between 1965 and 1969, including for their trip to Buckingham Palace to attend the royal ceremony at which they received the medals making them Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. So wild was the paint job that an older woman—proud of her nation's vehicular heritage—attacked the car with her umbrella as it rolled down a London street, exclaiming, 'You swine, how dare you do this to a Rolls Royce!' Later, post-Beatles, Lennon sent the limo to the US, where it was occasionally rented by the likes of the Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. A decidedly one-of-a-kind document for this legendary automobile. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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