John Lennon Custom Made Suit Going up for Auction in Massachusetts
A John Lennon custom made suit is going up for auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The suit will be sold in a live auction set up by the Boston-based company RR Auction. The auction will feature his tweed grey and black two-piece suit, as well as other Beatles artifacts.
The suit was originally made by the band’s tailor, Douglas Millings, introduced to the Beatles by Brian Epstein back in 1962. Epstein long served as their manager and made the executive decision that being “visually palatable” would endear the Beatles to a pop audience. Millings went on to make many of the stage costumes for the Beatles between 1962 and 1966.
NME reports that the inner breast pocket of the suit has a white D.A. Millings & Sons tag that has “John” handwritten on it. The trousers also have his name written on the lining near the zipper. Lennon had previously given the suit to Madame Tussauds in New York, and had granted the waxwork museum permission to use it in an exhibit.
Reportedly, the suit will be sold for $65,000 during the auction and there are already bids pending on the internet. The auction will take place next week (Sept. 26) at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, located in Cambridge. Information on the items up for auction, in addition to the bidding process, are available on the RR Auction’s website.
The auction also includes a postcard signed by the band, including a signature from their fill-in drummer Jimmie Nicol, as well as receipts from the Star Club signed by George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Pete Best.