The nine slides and negatives were held as evidence in an aggravated arson case stemming from a house fire May 11, The pictures have been in the Criminal District Court's property room since court action ended in the case in August , New Orleans attorney Matt Greenbaum. Ono asked Greenbaum a week ago to try to get the pictures. Judge Miriam Waltzer ordered them returned on Wednesday. The photos' journey began sometime in , when Gary 'Miles' Westcoatt reportedly found them in a garbage can in Manhattan -- where Lennon and Ono lived for several years after the rock band's breakup.
The original nude photographs of the late Beatles frontman John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which appeared on the cover of album Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins, have been put out for auction by Duke's auctioneers in Dorchester, Dorset. The two rare self-shots of the couple, back and front that are put on sale for nearly pre-estimated No-one knows how the photographs emerged in Dorset, Matthew Denney, a spokesman from Duke's said. The vendor found them in his mother's attic after she died and he has no idea how she came by them. The controversial album cover photographs showed the couple standing naked in front of the camera that appears to be self-timed, both posing emotionless and upright. The album was John's first of the total three experimental albums recorded all-night with Yoko Ono at his home studio in Weybridge, Surrey that sparked much controvercy when it was released in Nov
Years ago, before American society had achieved full pornofication, the raciest image in a teenager's room might be an album cover. And many musicians and record-company art departments had figured out that an easy way to goose sales was to slap a photo of a half-naked girl on the cover, until the borderline between "sexy" and "sexist" was obliterated. The album cover that made a generation salivate at the notion of licking away a truckload of whipped cream to reveal what was underneath.
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