Photographs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, taken during John's so-called  'Lost Weekend' in 1974,
Lot 305
Photographs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, taken during John's so-called 'Lost Weekend' in 1974,
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 28,228) inc. premium

Lot Details
Photographs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, taken during John's so-called 'Lost Weekend' in 1974,
comprising: eighteen Polaroids, three colour prints and two black and white prints (copies, originals lost), as taken by Keith Moon's assistant, Peter 'Dougal' Butler, the majority unpublished, to be sold with copyright

Footnotes

  • On 22nd March 1974, John moved into a rented beach house in Santa Monica, which would be his base for the next few weeks while he worked as producer on Harry Nilsson's album, 'Pussycats', at Warner Bros' Burbank Studios. With Lennon 'in town', the house became a hub for musicians and friends and amongst the regular visitors were Keith Moon, Ringo Starr and Nilsson.

    On 31st March John held the second of his planned weekly Sunday night get-togethers, when any friends could drop by and have a jam session. Among the visitors that night were Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Early the following morning, Ringo, Nilsson and Keith Moon arrived at the house and were later joined by Paul and Linda, all then participating in a Beatles' song medley. John was asleep but joined the party around the pool in the afternoon. It was during these events that some of the photos were taken, including the shot of John and Paul. Dougal Butler was not to know at the time, but this was the very last time that the pair were photographed together.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note: These photographs were taken somewhat later than as stated. Dougal Butler and Keith Moon flew to Los Angeles on the 1st April and on the 10th, after a stay at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, moved into a Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica beach house rented by John. The house had once belonged to actor Peter Lawford and his wife, Pat Kennedy, JFK's sister. Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson were also resident there. The vendor states that the house phones were tapped and that John and his friends were followed by the FBI, as a result of John's ongoing fight against deportation.
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