On September 7th, an impressive motorcar is hitting the auction block in London – John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess.
The car, which comes with its original vehicle registration signed by Lennon, was famously used by him and Yoko Ono in the 1972 film Imagine – a promotional movie for the famous Album of the same name.
The Princess was a large luxury model from the now-defunct British car manufacturer, the Austin Motor Company.
According to RM Sotheby’s, Austin Princess limousines were a popular mode of transport for The Beatles, and a number of them passed through the hands of Apple Records for use by the band members. Evidently the large rear door made access to the car quick and easy; no doubt handy when being chased by adoring teenage fans.
This model is a little different to the usual though, and is still fitted with the five airplane seats in the back which Lennon added.
The car, which was donated to the Austin Rock and Roll Car Museum in Texas in 2008, is estimated to make around £250,000 ($330,000). A portion of the proceeds from its auction will be donated to UNICEF, Make-A-Wish America and Dell Children’s Medical Center.