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POLICE ARREST MAN OVER STOLEN JOHN OBJECTS

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John and Yoko Ono, 1980.

German police say they have arrested a man suspected of handling stolen objects from the estate of John Lennon, including diaries. Berlin police said the 58-year-old suspect, whom they didn’t identify, was arrested in the German capital on Monday. They said another suspect lives in Turkey and is currently “not available” for law enforcement authorities, without elaborating. Police said in a statement that the objects, including diaries written by the late Beatle, were stolen from Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, in New York in 2006.

They reappeared in Berlin, and authorities this year launched an investigation of suspected fraud and handling stolen goods and the objects were seized.


YOKO ONO WINS IN COURT AGAINST HAMBURG BAR NAMED “YOKO MONO”

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Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the “Yoko Mono” bar. The operator may no longer call his pub “Yoko Mono”. It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar.


THE BIG ISSUE (Nº550 / AUSTRALIA): AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL

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On the eve of Paul’s much-awaited Australian tour, the Big Issue bring you one of his greatest hits – a very personal Letter to My Younger Self. The Beatles legend reflects on his teenage years, the music, the girls and an amazing dream he shared with John Lennon.

Also: Davey Lane from You Am I, Yon from Tripod and former Big Issue editor Alan Attwood – to write about the Paul song that most inspired and impacted them.

Paul talks love, Liverpool and John Lennon in a very special Letter to My Younger Self.


PAUL’s ASTON MARTIN AND RINGO’s MINI COOPER FOR SALE

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Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.
The Aston has passed through several hands since Paul parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,
It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).
Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Ringo had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.
Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2.


JOHN’s FORMER SURREY MANSION HITS THE MARKET FOR £8.9m

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The Surrey home where John penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for £8.9m.

Purchased by the musician and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George’s Hill estate in Weybridge.

John hired interior designer Kenneth Partridge to overhaul the house. Partridge knocked down walls to create party-friendly reception rooms and installed mauve flocked wallpaper and a globe-shaped bar. The musician – who wrote ‘I Am the Walrus’ in the attic – sold the home just four years later when the couple separated.

There’s little trace of Partridge left in the six-bedroom home’s interiors, which have been renovated by the current owners. Spacious rooms feature leaded windows that look onto the mansion’s stepped garden, while the living room comes with a fireplace and original wood-panelling.

A vaulted games room leads down to a cinema, and there’s also a library, sauna and wine cellar. The separate one-bedroom coach house offers room for extra guests, and has a detached indoor swimming pool.

The Surrey property, which is 18 miles from London, is on the market with Knight Frank for £8.9m – somewhat more than the £20k Lennon originally paid for it.