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Antiques Roadshow: John Lennon police helmet valued at £5000

Antiques Roadshow star Marc was on hand to help a guest, who had brought along the police helmet which had belonged to their late father. The connection to The Beatles was explained as the daughter of the former police officer said Lennon wore the security headgear when the band were performing at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1963. However, it seems the BBC show expert thought the headpiece was worth a lot more because it was worn by the iconic music legend.

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The guest told Marc: “They had to get them through the screaming girls and they didn’t know quite how they were going to do it.

“The sergeant had the wonderful idea of, why don’t you put helmets on them and make them look like policemen and we’ll get them through the girls.

“John Lennon wore my father’s helmet. The paparazzi were out and took pictures. They took them into the theatre without any problems.”

Expert Marc said: “It’s a story that’s gone down in pop legend really and we’re talking about the height of Beatlemania here.”

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“What was wonderful was that the Beatles were so easygoing at that time when it was so much fun,” the daughter of the late police officer added.

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“My father told us they were great company and the inspector who was in charge of them invited them round for tea,” she explained.

Astonished by the story behind the helmet, the expert said: “This is an object with a great deal of provenance.

“Here we have John Lennon in the middle doing the policeman salute,” he continued, referring to a picture on show.

“This is the actual helmet in that photograph on John Lennon’s head,” Marc added, excited by the prospect about how much it would be

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