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    John Lennon's personal British Fireman's overcoat. (ca.1970s) Navy blue cropped knee-length wool Fireman's greatcoat featuring an asymmetrical double-breasted lapel, epaulettes and silver metal "NFS" (National Fire Service) monogramed buttons at epaulettes and front closure. Retaining internal maker's label, "Greatcoat Fireman" and "E.S. 44C Size 3". Andrew B. Harvey who inherited this coat from an in-law who was friends with Lennon, provides a COA which reads in full, ''This British fireman's coat once belonged to John Lennon. It was given to me in 1978 by Jon Hendricks, my (then) common-law wife's uncle. Brothers Jon and Jeff Hendricks own adjoining houses on Greenwich St. in the West Village. They jointly run (or ran) a mail-order art gallery called Backworks. Both Jeff and Jon were involved in the art movement know as 'fluxism' as was Yoko Ono. Through this they got to know the Lennons in the early seventies. Jon got the job of minding Julian Lennon on a trip (or trips) across the Atlantic. In 1978 we went to stay with Jon for a few weeks. He told me the fireman's coat hanging in the hall had been left there by John Lennon when he'd called in a few months earlier. I think that was the last time he saw John Lennon, (but his brother must still have been on good terms with Yoko because later, in 1982, he invited us on a New Year's eve jaunt in a Rolls that she had lent him and some friends for the evening). Jon asked me if I wanted the coat, as I was off on a cross-country hitch-hiking trip and I didn't have one. I wore it through a couple of hard years. It may well be the coat that John Lennon is wearing on the back of the British album release (I think) as 'Life With The Lions', - unless he had several of them. The picture shows John and Yoko surrounded by British policemen, after John's drug bust.'' Andrew ultimately returned the coat to Jon Hendricks who subsequently sold it to The Beatles collector Keith Marron who also provides an LOA with this jacket. The storied jacket is missing a button and exhibits orange stitching repair to the lining. In vintage good condition.

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    September, 2015
    29th Tuesday
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