Art Watchdogs Tried To Shut Down Lennon's Show Before It Opened

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Court documents have been released in Britain which reveal art experts once attempted to block one of John Lennon's most famous art exhibitions because they feared the pieces were obscene.

It seems officials at the NATIONAL ARCHIVES tried to block a Lennon show THE LONDON ARTS GALLERY in New Bond Street back in 1970, due to the sexual nature of the lithographs featured.

However the Director of Public Prosecutions abandoned his pursuit of the gallery under the Obscene Publications Act, after another artist warned him about the potential publicity and repercussions of his actions.

The 14 lithographs in the BAG ONE collection featured Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono engaged in various sexual positions on their honeymoon.

On the second day of the two-week exhibition, the gallery was mysteriously raided by police and the show was shut down and its owner prosecuted.

In the end, the case was thrown out of court, but the whereabouts of Lennon's lithographs remain a mystery.

26/03/2004 14:15

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