Rich Beatles Fans Will Pay Buttloads of Cash For Questionable Memorabilia
John Lennon's Toilet -- $14,800
Once you get past the fact that someone paid almost $15,000 (the exact figure was £9,500) for a toilet (a pretty toilet, but still), you have to start thinking about (a), who thought to sell the thing at auction, and (b), who the hell wanted to buy it! Poo is poo, people -- even when it's coming out of a songwriting genius. And toilets are just poo receptacles. This poo receptacle was stored in a British builder's garden shed for forty years, after he was employed by Lennon in 1970 to remove it from his home in England. Only after the builder died did the toilet get sold. Probably by leechy relatives, we imagine. The purchaser remained anonymous, unsurprisingly. Who wants to own up to buying this?
|Probably not the guitar that later sold for $439,000.|
Now, this one is completely mental, because it all seems to be based around the word of one person. But Ian James claimed, when putting an old acoustic Rex guitar up for auction in 2006, that he had taught Paul McCartney how to play his first chords on it -- and that it was "present" on the day that McCartney first met John Lennon at a fair in Liverpool. James also said it was "possible" that Lennon and George Harrison also played the guitar that same day. Well, anything's possible, isn't it? We'd want a lot of photographic evidence and verbal confirmation from the actual Beatles if we were going to throw almost half a million bucks (£280,000) at an old guitar. People are nutso.
A Photo of the Beatles' Backs -- $68,500
We love music photography. Heck, we love photographers, too. But is the above photo of The Beatles worth $68,500? Of course it isn't! It's a photo. Not that we don't think the image is wonderful. We do. But, you know, if we had to choose between a photo or a down payment on a home, then we know which one we'd choose. Luckily for Mike Mitchell, when he auctioned off the image at Christie's earlier this year, along with 49 other black-and-white prints of the Fab Four, someone wasn't thinking along those lines and threw a lot of cash at this. Mitchell's collection of photos ultimately went for $361,938. Lucky bastard.