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John Lennon's sunglasses and his cowboy hat to be sold at auction

A pair of the late John Lennon's sunglasses and a cowboy hat worn by him are due to go up for auction next week on August 9 through auctioneers Cameo. 

His possessions are being sold by Liverpool-based American Beatles fan, Larry Warren, who purchased the items from the iconic musician's uncle, Charlie Lennon. Warren explained that he has helped conserve other memorabilia belonging to the Fab Four and also gave a bit of background information on the origin of both the hat and glasses:

"I knew Charlie Lennon well and I bought these items from him. He didn't want to take any money for them but I insisted. I have helped conserve other items concerned with The Beatles, including parts of the church hall where Lennon first met Paul McCartney."

"The cowboy hat was something that Lennon had on the US tour in 1965 – I think they all had one. He gave it to his uncle in about 1967 along with a toy six-shooter gun because his uncle loved western films. But the hat was too big for his uncle and that amused Lennon."

The auction will take place in Berkshire on Tuesday, August 9 and Glen Norcliffe of Cameo expressed his excitement at the exclusive lot:

"These are wonderful items that belonged to John Lennon when he was at the height of his career. The provenance is excellent and anything related to John Lennon is very collectable. There are collectors from around the world who would love to have them."

The estimate for the sunglasses is set between £2,000-£4,000, while the cowboy hat is expected to reach a figure in the region of £5,000-£8,000. 

Watch Lennon perform 'Stand By Me' below: