A 1970 cassette recording of John Lennon and Yoko Ono has been sold for $58,300 (£43,000) at an auction in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 28, 2021. Four Danish teenagers produced the 33-minute audio track which featured an interview with the couple and a never-released song called Radio Peace. The auction house presumed that the cassette tape would be purchased by a museum or collector before it was open for bidding.

In January of 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono set out to Denmark to visit the latter’s younger daughter Kyoko to ex-husband Anthony Cox. A group of schoolboys caught wind of the news and persuaded their teachers to allow them to interview the pair for the school newspaper. Hoejen, one of the four teenagers, recalled that it took a long time for them to get to the venue where the pair was having a conference due to heavy snowfall. “As we arrived, everyone was leaving,” The boys, along with several journalists, were invited to stay.

Carrying a borrowed cassette recorder and microphone, the teenage Hoejen taped the rare encounter, while his friend Jesper Jungersen took photographs. On the tape, Lennon and Yoko can be heard singing Christmas songs. In a response to the question, “How do you think that people like me can help you with making peace around the world?” the former Beatle replied “Imitate what we do. Think, ‘What can I do locally?” The recording was made just months before the Beatles announced they were breaking up. The valuable item is now in the hands of an anonymous buyer, who made the winning bid through a telephone call.