TWO historic pieces of John Lennon memorabilia have been put on display at The Beatles Story in Liverpool, before being auctioned later this year by Cooper Owen Ltd, famous auctioneers of stage memorabilia.

The actual bedspread used during the historic Montreal 'Bed in for Peace', designed and handmade by a member of Hare Krishna is the focus of the auction. The bedspread with embroidered designs and scenes from 'Yellow Submarine' features in the video of 'Give Peace A Chance' and has been on display at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 'All You Need Is Love' manuscript, valued at over $1million will also be on display. The piece features hand-written lyrics held by Lennon when The Beatles performed live in front of a worldwide television audience of over 400 million viewers on 25 June 1967. The song subsequently went straight to Number One.

John's sister Julia, who unveiled the display said; "This is absolutely the right time to remind the world of John's message of peace. Sadly John's dream of 'all the people living life in peace' seems even more remote to day than when he first composed 'Imagine'."

The pieces went on display on 9 October, the anniversary of John's birthday, and are part of a privately held collection that according to Ted Owen of Cooper Owen, is second only to the collection held by Yoko Ono. For more information on The Beatles Story, Albert Dock, Liverpool, telephone 0151 709 1963 or log on to