Monday, May 27, 2024

Baby You’re a Rich Man If You Want to Buy Julian Lennon’s Beatles Memorabilia as NFTs


Julian Lennon is auctioning off some of prized Beatles memorabilia.

Well, not really. They’re going to be NFTs– non fungible tokens in the pretend world. He’s keeping the items.

The tokens will include exclusive images of the items with video memories supplied by Julian.

“As an artist, I have great respect for all that my father accomplished in his career,” Julian Lennon said in a statement. “As a son, I hold dear the good memories I have of my time with him. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a day and age where innovation allows me to share such personal pieces of my Lennon family history. Through this NFT collection, I’m able to grant exclusive access to special items that I cherish and carry on the legacy of my father in a new way.”

The Lennon Connection: The NFT Collection sale will take place online on Feb. 7 via Julien’s Auctions. It includes Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to “Hey Jude,” John Lennon’s “Magical Mystery Tour” Afghan coat, the black cape John wore in “Help!” and three Lennon Beatles guitars. Again, you don’t get to have these items in your house. You have the virtual version of them.

Julian is in a tough spot, which is why he’s looking for ways to raise money. John Lennon was murdered in 1980, leaving all his estate to Yoko Ono. Julian eventually had to sue Yoko for some part of the estate and reportedly settled on $25 million.

That’s chicken scratch compared to what Lennon’s Beatles and solo records and publishing are worth now– probably $500 million. All of that goes to Yoko and her son Sean Ono Lennon.It’s inequitable to say the least. Julian and Sean should be splitting their father’s estate in half.

But that’s the way it is. Of course Lennon never expected to die at age 40. But he should have had some plan laid out even then. Artists– you gotta love ’em. The nice thing is, Julian and Sean seem to have a very good relationship as brothers.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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