BEATLES fans have the chance to get their hands on a very special item once owned by one of the Fab Four when it goes under the hammer in the North East next week.
Among items going to auction at Featonby’s Auctioneers & Valuers in North Shields is a rare Royal Doulton Figurine once owned by the late John Lennon.
The figurine, depicting a Japanese ‘Geisha’ girl playing a mandolin, was purchased by John Lennon as a gift for Yoko Ono in 1967.
They owned the figurine until 1970 when it was given as a gift to Ken and Margaret Brunt, who were The Beatles’ haulage contractors in the 1960s.
Numbered HN1234, the ceramic piece was designed by Charles J. Noke – an English pottery designer and artist – and was potted by Royal Doulton between 1927 and 1938.
There are various documents as to the ‘provenance’ of the piece, including an BBC Antiques Roadshow form and letter, letter of certification from the original owner and a copy of a Sotheby’s auction catalogue entry from 1996.
Standing approximately seven inches tall, the figurine – currently owned by a local man who wishes to remain anonymous – is in excellent condition and is estimated to fetch between £2,000 and £2,500 when it goes to auction on Monday, March 25th .
The specialist auction sale includes over 60 highly sought-after, limited edition Lladro Figurines. As well as several watercolours by renowned local artist Victor Noble Rainbird and several oil paintings by Leonard John Pearce, remembered for his meticulously researched maritime paintings.
Check out the full Auction Catalogue: featonbys.co.uk
Viewing Day at our saleroom in North Shields from 11am until 1pm Saturday 23rd March
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