John Lennon’s Childhood Home Going to Auction
The current owner of John Lennon's boyhood home is looking for a larger garden, so he's putting the historic red-bricked terrace house up for auction later this month. The late Beatle's first home will go to the highest bidder on Oct. 29.
It's believed that only a few people have owned the home since Lennon and his family moved out when he was five years old. While he lived there for just five years, the place played a significant role in his life and music. The address -- 9 Newcastle Rd. in Liverpool -- is one of many associations Lennon had with the number nine. It's also believed that he wrote 'One After 909' there many years later.
The auction listing makes note of the home's proximity to Penny Lane and the area that inspired so many of Lennon's songs. It's a three-bedroom, one-bathroom, two-story home with a bay window. The backyard is walled in, but apparently not large enough for the current owner.
"I am retired now and would really like a property with a bigger garden," the unidentified person said, according to the Independent. "I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period. The main structure of the house and features, such as the original Victorian sliding sash windows, are as they were when John Lennon lived here."
Some modernizing is needed, but the historic nature of the home is expected to draw international interest. The guide price for the auction is between $240,000 and $320,000.