Beatles' Rolls Royce Donated to C/H

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The Beatles' Rolls Royce is given to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and will be exhibited in "Ornament in the Twentieth Century" in October 1978. The car is auctioned off in June 1985 by Sotheby's for $2,090,000.


  • Lennon, John 1940-1980
  • Ono, Yōko
  • Beatles, The
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Ornament in the Twentieth Century (Exhibition) (1977: New York, N.Y.)
  • Rolls Royce


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1978, p. 4
  • Torch, 8/1985, p. 2
  • Torch, 6/1985, p. 2

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December, 1977


  • Popular culture
  • Benefactors
  • Antiquities
  • Transportation
  • Exhibitions
  • Gifts
  • National Collections

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