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Lennon lavatory goes under hammer

John Lennon's toilet will be among the highlights of an auction of Beatles memorabilia on Saturday.

The porcelain lavatory from Tittenhurst Park, his Berkshire home between 1969 and 1972, is expected to fetch up to £1,000.

Lennon told builder John Hancock to keep the toilet and "use it as a plant pot" after he installed a new one.

It was stored in a shed at Mr Hancock's home for 40 years until he died recently.

Also on sale will be a rare mono-sound copy of Two Virgins, which Lennon recorded with Yoko Ono, and is expected to fetch at least £2,500.

When the avant-garde LP was released in November 1968 it was notable for being sold in brown paper bags because the sleeve controversially featured a naked picture of the couple on the cover.

Although a limited release of 5,000 stereo versions of the album were available in shops, fans had to write to the record label to purchase a mono copy of the record.

The exact number of mono copies sold is not known, but auction organisers say it is likely to be as few as a "couple of hundred".

The sale, part of the 33rd annual Beatles Convention in Liverpool, will take place today in the The Paul McCartney Auditorium at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts from 10am.

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