Julian Lennon has decided to auction off a number of historic Beatles memorabilia that belonged to his father John. Unique items that will appeal to the many fans of the legendary Fab Four. We are talking about clothes, guitars and even the manuscript of the famous “Hey Jude”. A different auction from the traditional ones, however. Instead of real objects, it will be possible to buy a digital image of them in Nft format (Non-Fungible token), a new frontier and craze in the art world.
What are NFTs
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are certificates of ownership of digital works, which cannot be modified because they are unique and certified. Compared to cryptocurrencies, these NFTs cannot be interchangeable with each other. What happens, in the case of a coat or a guitar? Each NFT will be offered as a collectible audiovisual item, with Julian Lennon’s narration alongside images of the item. They will therefore be “tokenized”, ie they will have a digital certificate of ownership that guarantees the unique good.
The objects at auction
The auction will take place online on February 7 in Los Angeles. «A unique way to continue dad’s work. So they are able to provide exclusive access to special items, ”said Julian Lennon who will keep part of the proceeds. To be exact, a portion of the sales of these NFTs will go to his foundation, the White Feather Foundation, which fights climate change. But what can be found? Some handwritten notes by the singer-songwriter and Paul McCartney for the song “Hey Jude” (which could make between 50 and 70 thousand dollars), three Gibson guitars left by his father (estimated between 6 thousand and 8 thousand dollars), a coat afghan worn by John for the film Magical Mystery Tour and the black cloak that went down in history thanks to the video clip of the hit “Help!” of 1965 (valued at 8 thousand dollars).
A curiosity about “Hey Jude”
Julian Lennon was only five years old when in 1968 his father left his mother Cynthia for Yoko Ono. Paul McCartney visited the boy at the Lennon family home in Surrey, and he remembered the notes and words of “Hey Jude” while he was in the car. At first the song was titled “Hey Jules” and was meant to console Julian. The song was an instant hit and the refrain “na, na-na, na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey Jude” remains one of the most loved by the Beatles audience.