19th Oct, 2018

John Lennon's monkey bike to go under the hammer at National Motorcycle Museum

Sarah Mason 10th Jan, 2018

A MONKEY bike which John Lennon used to drive around his country estate is set to go under the hammer at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

The Honda Z50 A, which the late Beatle bought new in 1969, has been given a guide price of £30,000-plus ahead of the sale on March 4.

He used it as a fun way of getting around Tittenhurst Park, the 70-acre estate in Berkshire which he and Yoko Ono live in from 1969 until 1971.

The miniature trail bike has a 49cc engine which develops just 1.95bhp – giving it a top speed approaching 25mph.

Its current owner is John Harington, who bought it in 1971 from motor cycle dealer Henry Graham. H&H Classics Auctions will be selling the bike on behalf on Mr Harington.

Mark Bryan, Head of Sales for H&H Classics Motorcycle Department, said: “Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.”

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