John lives for four years in Kenwood with his wife Cynthia and their son Julian born in 1963. Kenwood has an intense life around music and drugs. The Beatles are bored of public concerts and want to perfect their songs which will then be recorded in the studio. The album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in 1967, is the group's biggest hit.
John loves to write his songs in the attic in Kenwood where he has installed two pianos : one Bechstein and the other by John Broadwood and Sons.
The Broadwood, an upright piano made around 1872, was certainly his favorite piano during the preparation phase of Sgt. Pepper. Before giving it to a friend, John puts a small plaque on it certifying as follows : "On this piano was written: A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Good Morning, Good Morning, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite and Many others, John Lennon, 1971".
John was right, this instrument is part of his legend. When Julian came back from school one evening in 1967 with his famous child drawing designating Lucy, it is easy to imagine John scribbling the first draft of his lyrics before rushing to his Broadwood.
This piano is estimated $ 1.2M for sale by Sotheby's in New York on December 10, lot 75.