Rare and controversial Beatles record owned by John Lennon sells for £180,000

A rare and controversial Beatles record once belonging to John Lennon has sold at auction for £180,000.

The so-called “butcher” cover of Yesterday And Today sparked outrage upon its unveiling in the US in 1966 as it showed the Fab Four smiling while posing in white coats and covered in pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

The controversy led to it being withdrawn and replaced by a more public-friendly cover showing the band standing around an old fashioned steamer trunk.

Despite the last-minute change, the damage was done to The Beatles’ record label, Capitol, and it was reportedly the only Beatles’ album to lose money for the company.

Lennon’s personal copy of the album went under the hammer at an auction in The Beatles’ home city of Liverpool on Thursday, and smashed its expected selling price.

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