Venerable newsman Larry Kane rose to great prominence as the only broadcast journalist to travel with The Beatles for every single stop of their 1964 and 1965 American tours. During these history making concert tours, Kane became friends with the band. A decade later while working as the news anchor for the ABC local Philadelphia affiliate station WPVI, Kane asked John Lennon to participate as a guest DJ for the Helping Hand Marathon at the WFIL Radio/WPVI TV studios located on Philadelphia's City Line Avenue. Lennon hopped the train down from New York City for the event, which took place from May 16-18th, 1975. At various intervals during the charity marathon, Lennon came outside to greet fans in the parking lot. During these cordial parking lot appearances, Lennon repeatedly took off articles of his clothing over the three days, auctioning them off for contributions to the event.
One of the many Philly fans in attendance, our fortunate consignor paid $20 for the tie Lennon was wearing the day they met, which the gracious musician also signed. A photo of Lennon holding this exact tie is seen below, with Kane next to him holding a microphone. There's no mistaking this gold on orange tie, which bears an English manufacturer's label noted as "Wemlon Wembley". The lovingly preserved tie remains in excellent condition, and was stored "in a plastic bag for the past 46 years", as noted on an accompanying letter of provenance signed by the consignor, who just happens to be an excellent musician himself.
Lennon has thoughtfully signed the tie on the reverse side liner for good visibility, as the tie's fabric pattern is too busy to showcase an autograph. Lennon's signature has faded a bit over the years, but it retains enough integrity to warrant a ("5-6") potency rating. Numerous accounts from this well documented marathon, cite Lennon's kindness and untiring efforts over three days, when he provided countless thrills for the throngs who waited patiently for a chance to meet the legendary Beatle. Tragically this ambassador for peace was gunned down in New York City just five years later, on 12/8/80. Claim a part of Lennon's legacy, with this fantastic signed, personally owned decorative garment. Full photo LOA from JSA.