A sound recording by singer John Lennon and his partner Yoko Ono delivered 370,000 crown (about 50,000 euros) at an auction in Copenhagen. The cassette tape includes an interview with the couple. You can also hear how the singer plays guitar and sings the songs Give Peace a Chance and Radio Peace.
The recording lasts more than half an hour and was made in 1970 by four Danish teenagers. They braved a blizzard to interview the world-famous singer for their school newspaper. Lennon talks about his activities as a peace activist and the length of his hair.
According to the auction house, Lennon and Yoko Ono arrived in northern Denmark at the end of 1969. They would have spent a month there in a remote farm house. “We went to the living room and saw John and Yoko sitting on the couch. It was fantastic”, one of the owners of the cassette shimmered opposite AFP news agency.
The recording of the interview had an estimated value of 200,000 to 300,000 crowns, but it produced significantly more at auction. For the almost 50,000 euros, the unknown buyer receives not only the band, but also a copy of the school newspaper and photographs of the meeting between Lennon and the 16-year-old students at the time. They are in their 60s by now.
The sound recording also shows how the boys ask what they can do to commit themselves to world peace. “If you cant think of anything yourself, imitate us,” reacts the singer, who was shot dead in 1980. “Just sit down and think about what you can do in your own environment.”