John Lennon Pan Am flight bag auctioned

Pan Am bag Image copyright BELINDA JAMES
Image caption The Pan Am bag was given by Lennon to his Uncle Charlie

A flight bag belonging to John Lennon has been auctioned for £4,700.

The Pan Am Airways bag was given to the musician during the Beatles' first trip to America in 1964.

It was auctioned, along with a letter of verification from Lennon's uncle, by Special Auction Services in Newbury, Berkshire.

Auctioneers had initially expected the bag to fetch up to £8,000. The bag was sold to the vendor by Lennon's uncle Charlie in 2000.

In the verification letter, he wrote: "John gave the bag to me on his first visit back to Liverpool after that trip - may have been the Hard Day's Night premiere."

Alan Pritchard, music and entertainment specialist at Special Auction Services, said he believed the winner of the online auction was an overseas buyer.

Mr Pritchard said: "I have dealt with lots of Beatles stuff in the past and it is usually very popular.

"This bag is a typical bag which would have been given out on the flights, but it just happens to have belonged to John Lennon and that's what make it special.

"There are Beatles fans all over the world so there is always a lot of interest."

Image copyright BELINDA JAMES
Image caption The bag is believed to have been snapped up by an overseas buyer

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