Pair of John Lennon's iconic glasses sell for $275,000

A pair of John Lennon's signature glasses have been sold for a massive NZ$275,000.

The circular lenses, which the Beatles star wore in the late '60s, were given to chauffeur Alan Herring in 1968.

"I had picked John up with Ringo (Starr, drummer) and George (Harrison, guitarist) in Ringo's Mercedes and driven the boys into the office," Herring said in a note accompanying the green-tinted glasses, sold in an auction at Sotheby's in London.

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The glasses. Photo credit: Reuters/Sotheby's

"When John got out of the car I noticed that he'd left these sunglasses on the back seat and one lens and one arm had become disconnected. I asked John if he'd like me to get them fixed. He told me not to worry - they were just for the look! He said he'd send out for some that fit.

"I never did get them mended - I just kept them as they were as John had left them."

The glasses were designed by Oliver Goldsmith, and Lennon used to call them his 'Olivers'. They formed a big part of his look in the late '60s, after being given a pair to wear in his role in 1967 comedy film How I Won the War. 

Contrary to Lennon's claims the glasses were "just for the look", he was very short-sighted - but wore contact lenses in the Beatles' early days.