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Lot #34
John Lennon

Pair of Lennon’s iconic wire-rim eyeglasses originally presented to Victor Borge

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Pair of Lennon’s iconic wire-rim eyeglasses originally presented to Victor Borge

A pair of Lennon’s personally-owned and -worn eyeglasses. Silver-finish wire rim glasses have clear oval frames and are shadow-boxed and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 11.25 x 12.5. The glasses were originally presented by Lennon to musician and entertainer Victor Borge, who provided piano work for Lennon in the 1970s and kept the glasses in his personal collection until 1974, when he sold them to a wealthy Massachusetts family following his performance at their private anniversary celebration. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from one of the family members, Glenn Davis, which reads, in part: “I, Glenn Davis, hereby certify that this pair of Eyeglasses (Silver framed spectacles with oval clear lenses) originally owned and worn by the late John Lennon of the Beatles…were obtained by the late Victor Borge and were sold to my family on July 2, 1974 by Mr. Borge. As witnessed by a very large gathering at my late parents wedding anniversary on July 2, 1974 at Woodland Country and Golf Club…Mr. Borge personally presented these glasses owned and worn by John Lennon to us as a gift to my mother.” Also accompanied by copies of the receipt for the glasses from Borge’s manager, Borge’s appearance contract, photos of Borge at the event and other related documentation. In fine condition, with expected wear. Lennon first began wearing this particular style of eyeglasses in the late 1960s, and wore them in countless appearances and photographs. A very scarce piece of rock and roll history, accompanied by impeccable provenance, that helped to shape Lennon’s public identity. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music Auction
  • Dates: #425 - Ended March 20, 2014