John Lennon's home up for auction
9 Newcastle Road is quite close to Penny Lane
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Tuesday 01 October 2013
John Lennon's childhood home will be sold at auction at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool later this month.
Lennon lived with his parents and grandparents in the red-bricked terraced house of 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool, until he was five. Not far from Penny Lane, it is also where he later wrote the song ‘One after 909’.
The three-bedroom home has two reception rooms, a kitchen, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside there is a yard at the back. The guide price for the auction on 29 October is £150,000-£250,000.
The current owner, who asked not to be named, said: "I'll be sad to leave but I am retired now and would really like a property with a bigger garden. I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period. The main structure of the house and features such as the original Victorian sliding sash windows are as they were when John Lennon lived here."
Stephen Giddins, regional sales director of selling agent Entwistle Green, said: "Although the property is in need of some modernisation it retains some of the original features that I’m sure a new owner would wish to keep. Taking into consideration the location, the property itself and the background we expect a lot of interest locally and internationally."
Another of Lennon's childhood homes in Liverpool, 251 Menlove Avenue and known as Mendips, is now preserved by the National Trust.
Last month, a black knitted tie owned by John Lennon sold for more than £3,000 at an auction in Liverpool.
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