A day in the life of John Lennon is up for sale.

A film of the late beatle, shot during the 18 month "lost weekend" of the IMAGINE singer's life, will be auctioned in July (03).

The film was made by a young student who happened across Lennon on the street and asked him to be her star for a day. Lennon kindly obliged. There are shots of him taking over a New York ice-cream van, imitating baboons for startled children and nervously unbending paperclips in his flat.

Film specialist MARGARET BARRETT of auction house CHRISTIE'S says, "It's pretty amazing. There are no copies of it and John Lennon himself never got a copy of the entire film. He watched it and selected pieces he liked, perhaps to use for a song video."

Edited down to 45 minutes by the student producer, who has been given a guarantee of anonymity by Christie's, the film follows Lennon on capers and humdrum tasks in New York. Taking a taxi and shopping like anyone else - apart from constant requests for autographs - he comes alive in Central Park in front of casual audiences of kids.

The film shows him playing a bandstand organ, dancing across benches and then combining an ice-cream-selling stint with magic tricks. Lennon then briefly joins a monkey-feeding session at the zoo before pretending to be a baboon.

Ms Barrett adds, "He was just walking around New York City and she asked him if she could film him. It's completely candid and he just looks to be having a great time."

The film was sold privately 10 years ago to an un-named collector who kept it to himself before deciding to sell, with Christie's suggesting likely bids of up to $60,000 (GBP40,000). Potential buyers will be able to view copies and Barrett says, "It would be wonderful if the eventual purchaser could allow the film to be seen by the public generally."

12/05/2003 17:25