This was an exciting day for the now prior owners of John Lennon’s former childhood home at 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool. The red bricked, terraced home went under the auction block at the Cavern Club today, October 29, 2013. After a fierce bidding war between the top two interested parties, the gavel came down at £480,000, twice more than what was expected, which translates to over $770,000 U.S. The winning bid was by phone, from the U.S. The winner wants to remain anonymous.
According to selling agent Entwistle Green, the home in Wavertree was estimated to be worth £150,000 based on surrounding homes on the same block, but no more than £250,000. Stephen Giddins, Regional Sales Director,is “delighted” that the home sold for as much as it did, and recognizes the impact that a former Beatles home can have on people who want to share in that history.
See the latest video of the interior of the home, added by SkyNews this afternoon, above. John’s sister Julia Baird shared her intimate memories of growing up here. (Read full story with video here.)
A handful of interested parties attended the auction, which was held at the Cavern Club; all were quickly out-bid except for one person, Jason Doll-Steinberg, who had driven up from London to try to buy the property. Telling the Liverpool Echo that “it was an emotional thing” to try and purchase Lennon’s former home, in the end it was too much. He conceded his bid to a phone bidder from the U.S.
An agent from Countrywide Property Auctions, the auctioneer, wrote us to say, “After around 20 minutes the gavel came down and an American telephone bidder purchased the property for £480,000.” One twitter user said, “she” was happy about winning the bid–indicating the possibility that Yoko Ono could be involved.
Andrew Brown, Managing Director, Countrywide Property Auctions, said: “There was a lot of interest in the property before the auction from potential buyers who lived in the UK and internationally. The auction was very exciting with a number of keen buyers bidding for the property and we are delighted to have sold such an iconic piece of The Beatles and Liverpool’s history.”
History of the home:
Reports that John Lennon may have written the song “One After 909” at this home are incorrect. John moved out at the age of five to live with his Aunt Mimi, in 1945. The family moved out in 1949 and were never in the home again. When “One After 909” was written, he was in his teens and would have been visiting his mother who lived at One Blomfield Road then. Read the history of the Stanley family and John Lennon in the home here.
Congratulations to Jim Hale! Jim won our trivia contest earlier today, with the correct answer of “1945, Julia and Jackie.” He will receive a copy of Larry Kane’s book, “Lennon Revealed.”
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