The bike, a 1969 Honda Z50A which was used by Lennon from 1969-71 to roam around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Surrey, England, was initially purchased by Henry Graham from the singer in 1971 when Lennon moved to the U.S. Graham then sold it to John Harrington the same year for £250. Graham, unaware or unbelieving about the bike's previous rock royalty ownership, used it for his own purpose for years. It wasn't until he saw a photo of John Lennon towing his son Julian on the bike, that he researched the bike's history and confirmed its authenticity in 2011.
Now acquired by H&H Classics, the bike is expected to fetch a minimum of £30,000 (approximately $48,000). A similar bike belonging to Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr sold at auction for £36,000 in 2008.
Mark Bryan, Head of Sales for H&H Classics Motorcycle Department, said of the upcoming auction, “Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.”
More information on the bike and the auction can be found here.