LONDON, September 15 – A 1970 audio recording of John Lennon singing an unreleased song during a visit to Denmark will go under the hammer in Copenhagen on September 28, the auction house announced on Tuesday.
The asking price for the 33-minute recording was estimated to be between € 27,000 and € 40,000 (132,712 RM-196,612 RM).
It was put up for sale by four men who were teenagers when they met the Beatles singer, who was spending part of the winter of 1969-1970 in a small town on the west coast of Denmark.
“The tape is totally unique because it’s a conversation. This took place after a press conference with the four school children and a few journalists, and John Lennon played a few songs for them, “Alexa Bruun Rasmussen of the Bruun Rasmussen auction house told AFP.
“One of them, Radio Peace, has never been published, ”she said.
“It’s a little piece of Danish history and when you listen to it, you can tell John Lennon felt good in Denmark. He could be left alone and just be, ”she said.
At the end of December 1969, Lennon traveled to Denmark with Yoko Ono to spend time with Ono’s daughter from another relationship, Kyoko, who was then living with her father in North Jutland.
The visit, which lasted for several weeks, went largely unnoticed at first. But once his presence was discovered, the star called a press conference.
Due to a series of unpredictable events and inclement weather, the four high school students ended up interviewing Lennon after the press conference, in an informal setting.
“I believe they lived ‘hygge‘”, The Danish art of living currently in fashion to make everyday life comfortable and convivial, joked Bruun Rasmussen.
During the interview, conducted just months before The Beatles broke up, the teens were primarily interested in Lennon’s peace activism.
“With the auction, they want to get across the message that John Lennon stood for,” said Bruun Rasmussen.
She noted the “old-fashioned” charm of the recording, which is sold with photos from the reunion and the issue of the school newspaper featuring the interview.
“To listen to the 33 minutes of the tape you need an old fashioned cassette player and I guess that part of nostalgia will add to its value.”
Lennon was shot dead by a seemingly delusional gunman, Mark David Chapman, who had previously requested an autograph, in New York City in 1980. – ETX Studio