10 expensive items of Beatles memorabilia sold at auction
Beatlemania lives on at the auction house
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, autographed by all four members of The Beatles.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, autographed by all four members of The Beatles. AP Photo/Heritage Auctions

The Fab Four may have disbanded more than 40 years ago, but if auction sales are any indication, The Beatles are more popular than ever. This week, a signed copy of The Beatles' 1967 record Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold for $290,500 at a Texas auction. Despite the jaw-dropping price, the album is hardly the first piece of Beatles history to throw bidders into a frenzy. Here, a look at the outrageous prices others have paid to own objects associated with John, Paul, George, and Ringo:

$2.23 million
Amount a Canadian businessman forked over in 1985 for John Lennon's psychedelically painted 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V

$2.1 million
Amount George Michael paid in 2009 for the Steinway Model Z piano Lennon wrote "Imagine" on

$1.07 million
Amount the painted drum skin featured on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold for in 2008

$1 million
Amount Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "All You Need is Love" fetched at auction in 2009

Amount one deep-pocketed music fan paid in 2004 for George Harrison's Gibson SG guitar, which was used during a Revolver recording session 

Amount an anonymous telephone bidder paid in 2011 for a hand-drawn "Bed Peace" poster from John and Yoko's infamous "Bed-In"

Amount a buyer paid for watercolors painted by an 11-year-old Lennon in 2009

Amount a pair of Lennon's signature round glasses sold for in 2009

Amount one devoted fan (and dentist) shelled out for John Lennon's decaying molar in 2011

Samantha Rollins is's news editor. She has previously worked for The New York Times and TIME and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.


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