Two pairs of John Lennon’s glasses are displayed at police headquarters in Berlin. (AP: Markus Schreiber)
John Lennon’s glasses and a diary which ends on the day he was shot dead have turned up in Berlin after being stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in 2006.
- Berlin police arrested a man suspected of receiving stolen items once owned by Lennon
- Police suspect that the items were stolen by Yoko Ono’s former driver
- The items were found by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house
Police arrested a man in Berlin on Monday suspected of receiving the 86 stolen items, including the diary, which ends on the day of his assassination in New York on December 8, 1980.
“This day contains the entry that on that morning John Lennon and Yoko Ono had an appointment with Annie Leibovitz to take a photo which I think is world famous,” Berlin prosecutor Michael von Hagen told a news conference.
The Leibovitz portrait of a naked Lennon curled up around Ono on their bed ran on the January 1981 cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Mr Hagen rejected suggestions that Ono might have lent or given away the objects.
“The diaries especially… were also treated by Yoko Ono as something sacred,” he said.
“And the idea that she would have given away three original diaries, especially the one that ends on the very day Lennon died, can be completely ruled out.”
Carsten Pfohl, head of property crime for Berlin police, said investigators had found one of the pairs of glasses and a receipt in Lennon’s name hidden in the boot of the car of the accused on Monday.
Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono’s former driver and then taken to Turkey and were only brought to Berlin in 2013 or 2014.
Another suspect lives in Turkey, they said.
The Berlin police were alerted after the objects were found by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house, which had previously valued the objects at $4.8 million.
An original tape from a recording and play list of a Beatles concert on August 30, 1965. (AP: Markus Schreiber)