John and Yoko moved in to Tittenhurst Park in 1969 and remained there until 1971 when they relocated to New York.
The 72-acre grade 2 listed Georgian country home was then sold to band mate Ringo Starr who resided there until 1988.
The house was then sold by Ringo for £5,000,000 in 1989 to the President of the Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The property was gutted for renovation and most of its fittings were scrapped although some of the contents found their way to auction, much to the delight of Beatles fans worldwide who bid on everything and anything that was up for grabs.
This unusual item was purchased at that auction and has kindly been placed on loan to the museum by its owner Gary Honniball. The press article from the time refers to Gary working for a theatre firm. This was inaccurate, he actually works in an operating theatre!
This remarkable item was unveiled to a hoard of Beatles fans for the very first time at the Liverpool Beatles Museum, Mathew Street on 8th December and we’ve had a phenomenal response to the item!
To see it for yourself come and visit us at the Liverpool Beatles Museum on Mathew Street.