Lot 1196: Give Peace A Chance: John and Yoko's Bed-in for Peace Photo Collection
Auction Date:6/24/2011 9:00 PM EST
On May 26th, 1969, musical icon John Lennon and his new wife Yoko Ono embarked on an eight day adventure while never leaving the comfort of their own bed. Their intimate experiment was dubbed the "Bed-in for Peace" and aimed to show the world that peace, love and harmony were the true path for all mankind. The week-long protest touched the world and gave birth to the anthem "Give Peace a Chance". During the eight days, photojournalist Gerry Deiter documented the entire Bed-in, snapping intimate portraits of the newlyweds as they sang, composed, conversed, slept, and rejoiced in the warm glow of peace. Deiter's photographs became widely publicized and the event garnered significant acclaim. In 2009, a large collection of the most touching, memorable photographs from Lennon and Ono's Bed-in were organized into a museum installation dubbed "Give Peace A Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-in for Peace". The exhibit ran through a number of locations in the U.S., and eventually demand overseas grew large enough to warrant opening a second installation in the United Kingdom. The exhibit ran from May 2009 to May 2010 and was featured at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool followed by the International Centre for Peace, Coventry Cathedral, in the city of Coventry. This lot is the entire collection from the second U.K. exhibit, and features 34 large format, fine art, black and white and color, behind-the-scenes photographs of Lennon and Ono, along with multiple candid shots from guests like Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers, Dick Gregory, Al Capp and more. Also included are 14 graphic panels and essays by the Lennon's invited guests, including legendary music producer, Andre Perry. Nearly all the larger photos measure 20.25x13.75", and feature gorgeous shots of John and Yoko enjoying quiet moments together, receiving a wide variety of guests including the confrontational Al Capp who tried to incite a fight, playing with their daughter Kyoko, composing and recording "Give Peace A Chance", and finally leaving the bed after eight days. Included with the lot is a 30 page booklet that painstakingly chronicles the Bed-in, with descriptions of each piece. Collection is NRMT. Does not come with copyright!
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