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This Type 3W-1 Seeburg jukebox set the soundtrack for John and Yoko’s Manhattan apartment. High above 72nd Street and Central Park West in the Dakota, this chrome-plated, coin-operated, machine is thought to have lived on the couple’s kitchen table!
HOW JUKEBOXES WORK
Older style jukeboxes had records inside them, accompanied by complex mechanics for selecting which record would be played. For a detailed look at how those worked, you can check out this video.
The smaller tabletop jukebox didn’t have room to fit the same internal workings of the larger boxes. They were more representational. The tabletop model would sit on a table in the diner (or the kitchen table as the case was here) and it was connected to a larger unit hidden from sight.
You could put in your money and activate the switches inside the smaller unit, make a selection, and then it would send your selection to the main jukebox and play that selection through speakers to the entire restaurant.
A TICKET TO RIDE
Ripley’s is no stranger to John Lennon memorabilia. In fact, the most expensive item that we have EVER purchased was his 1965 Phantom V Rolls-Royce in 1985. The pretty penny? $2.3 million dollars!
It was magical AND mysterious, equipped with a:
- Double bed
- “Floating” record player (perfectly balanced so it wouldn’t be effected by stops and bumps while driving)
- Interior AND exterior sound system
However, not everyone liked this car as much as Ripley’s, as it’s paint job was a total faux pas (you can blame Ringo Starr for the psychedelic color scheme. He suggested it to Lennon in 1967)! A woman once rushed at John and attacked him with am umbrella when she saw the Rolls, shouting, “You swine! You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce!
NOT THE ODDEST ACQUISITION
In 2011, Canadian dentist Michael Zuk paid $32,000 for one of John Lennon’s molars, extracted in the 1960s. Believe it or not, he hopes to use it to clone the former Beatle!
Zuk plans to do this by extracting DNA from the tooth—fully sequencing it just as researchers working to clone woolly mammoths and replicate Jurrasic Park do.
Taking it one step further (and weirder!), Zuk gave his sister a piece of the tooth in 2014 and she used it in a clay sculpture of Lennon himself!
PLACENTA TEDDY BEAR
Rumor has it John Lennon and Yoko Ono ATE the placenta when their son Sean was born.
If you think that is strange, you won’t believe the latest trend of placenta bears! We won’t make you look look, but in case you were curious, here’s a link you can check out. Click at your own peril.
UNBOXING THE UNBELIEVABLE
With 32 odditoriums around the world, as well as traveling shows to fill with the oddest items imaginable, the team at Ripley’s never stops looking for new and bizarre exhibits to expand our collection. Once acquired, those freaky finds make their first appearance at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! warehouse, where they are unboxed, uncrated and unwrapped! Join us as we take a look at our purchases for the very first time, unboxing the truly unbelievable.