It’s a comfortable but modest dwelling with a lounge, a sitting room, an upstairs bathroom, a family room and a kitchen leading to a walled yard but John Lennon’s childhood home went for nearly half a million Euro at an auction in The Cavern yesterday.
The property in Wavertree in Liverpool, where The Beatles star lived from his birth in 1940 until he was five years old, was bought by an anonymous American bidder for more than three times the asking price.
The red brick terraced home where Lennon's mother Julia brought up her firstborn son is just a stone's throw away from Penny Lane which inspired the famous Beatles track and Lennon made reference to the house later in life. "I lived in 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the 9 of October. It's just a number that follows me around." he once said.
The previous owner told the Liverpool Echo: "I'll be sad to leave John Lennon's first home but I am retired now and would really like a property with a bigger garden.
"I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period, when the Beatles wowed the whole world with their rock and roll music."
Lennon's second home, Mendips, on Menlove Avenue in Woolton, given Grade II listed status by English Heritage last year.