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July 1964: Ringo Starr being given the bumps by the other members of popular rock group The Beatles on his 24th birthday. From left to right, Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)

Apparently, some people have more money than they know what to do with.  This is a tale of two Beatles’ toilets.  Wait, what?

Where did the Beatles’ Toilets come from?

John and Yoko had a home in Berkshire… it’s where Lennon wrote “Imagine,” and a slew of other songs.  John and Yoko sold it to Ringo Starr when they moved to New York.  In 1989, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan bought the estate and sold its contents at auction.  The house included a “very fancy toilet.”

One Beatles’ toilet sold for roughly $15,000 (9,500 pounds) at auction in 2010.  The toilet was a GIFT Lennon gave to an employee named John Hancock. The toilets had been replaced and John told him, “Use it as a plant pot.”  Instead, Hancock let it sit in his shed until 2010 and then sold it for a hefty price.  The other toilet was bought at auction in 1989 for a measly $1,200 ($1,000) pounds.  To quote The Who, rather than The Beatles, “I’d call that a bargain.”

Gary Honniball bought his Beatles’ toilet at the 1989 auction for $1,000 pounds.  It’s been sitting in his garage ever since.   Gary recently contacted the Beatles Museum in Liverpool and asked if they’d like to display the legendary commode and, surprisingly, the museum owners said, “Yes.”

According to, Liverpool Beatles museum owner Roag Best said, “We thought, ‘Well, it’s a bit quirky, it’s not what we’d normally display but who’s to say what you should and shouldn’t display, so, come on, we’ll give it a go’.”  Beatles fans were said to be flush with excitement.

Here’s a picture of one of the legendary Beatles’ Toilets:

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Donielle Fynn is a Michigan native with two kids, two dogs, two cats, a love of yoga, and all things classic rock.

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