Unknown John Lennon recording to be auctioned in Denmark

Published 15 Sep, 2021 11:19am

The 33-minute recording features an interview and performance of an unreleased song and is being estimated at up to $47,000.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

A 1970 audio recording of John Lennon singing a hitherto unpublished song during a visit to Denmark will go under the hammer in Copenhagen on September 28, the auction house said on Tuesday.

The asking price for the 33-minute recording has been estimated at between 27,000 and 40,000 euros ($32,000-$47,000).

It has been put up for sale by four men who were teenagers when they met The Beatles’ singer, who was spending part of the 1969-1970 winter in a small town on Denmark’s west coast.

“The tape is totally unique because it’s a conversation. It took place after a press conference with the four schoolboys and some journalists, and John Lennon plays a few songs for them,” Alexa Bruun Rasmussen of the Bruun Rasmussen auction house said. “One of them, ‘Radio Peace’, has never been published,” she said.

“It’s a little piece of Danish history and when we listen to it, we can sense that John Lennon felt cosy in Denmark. He could be left alone and just be,” she said.

At the end of December 1969, Lennon visited Denmark with Yoko Ono to spend time with Ono’s daughter from another relationship, Kyoko, who was living with her father in northern Jutland at the time.

The visit, which lasted several weeks, went largely unnoticed at first. But once his presence was discovered, the star called a press conference.

Due to a series of unforeseeable events and bad weather, the four high school students ended up interviewing Lennon after the press conference, in an informal setting.

Originally published in Dawn, September 15th, 2021