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Lennon 'bed-in' photos offered at Leland's auction

Beatles-related photos currently at a Leland's auction are "museum-quality photos" of John and Yoko's 'Bed-in,' fresh from a U.K. exhibit.

There have been a lot of Beatles'-related photos announced for auction lately, and the latest batch — which includes "museum-quality photos" of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 'Bed-in,' fresh from a U.K. exhibit — are on the auction block at Leland's.

Photojournalist Gerry Deiter documented the protest, which began May 26, 1969. Deiter snapped intimate portraits of the newlyweds as they sang, composed, conversed, slept and rejoiced in the warm glow of peace during the eight-day event designed to show the world that peace, love and harmony were the true path for all mankind. Images show John and Yoko enjoying quiet moments together, playing with daughter Kyoko, composing and recording the anthemic "Give Peace A Chance," receiving a wide variety of guests (including the confrontational Al Capp, who tried to incite a fight) and finally leaving the bed after eight days.


The collection consists of 34 large-format, fine-art, behind-the-scenes photographs of Lennon and Ono and candid shots of guests including Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory; nearly all the larger photos measure 20.25” x 13.75." Also included are 14 graphic panels and essays by the couple's invited guests, including legendary music producer, Andre Perry, and a 30-page booklet that painstakingly chronicles the Bed-In, with descriptions of each piece. The auction concludes June 24, 2011.

In 2009, a collection of the most touching and memorable of Deiter’s photographs were organized into a museum installation dubbed "Give Peace A Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-in for Peace." The exhibit ran at a number of U.S. locations, with demand from overseas eventually growing large enough to warrant opening a second installation in the United Kingdom from May 2009 to May 2010 at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, followed by the International Centre for Peace, Coventry Cathedral, in the city of Coventry.

Other rock 'n' roll-related items in auction, which concludes June 24, include:

• Vintage Beatles photographs from the group's Ed Sullivan Show rehearsal in 1965
• 1963 Beatles signed Christmas Show concert program
• 1964 Royal Crown Auction for Beatles tickets poster
• Rare Hollywood Bowl press pass for The Beatles' 1964 concert
• First printing of Jimi Hendrix “Flying Eyeball” concert poster
• Woodstock original security jacket and previously unpublished photos from the event
• Large collection of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia, including posters and gold records
• Hundreds of vintage jazz records (both 78s and LPs)
• Original LIFE magazine photographs featuring subjects including Woodstock by Bill Eppridge and Dizzy Gillespie by Alan Grant.

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