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John Lennon's MBE
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A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman has apparently confirmed that John Lennon's MBE has been located and that it remains the property of his estate.

“It has been retained since the day Mr Lennon returned it but a decision over whether the medal could go on display in a museum is not up to us. It would be up to Yoko Ono as she is the custodian of John Lennon’s estate.”

I would have thought that this medal was the property of Buckingham Palace after it was returned by John Lennon - and I suspect that John would have seen it that way too - but apparently it belongs to his estate, so should it remain there away from the public gaze or should it be on permanent display where we can all see it?

If it did go on display, where is the best place for it? His old house in Liverpool, Buckingham Palace itself or perhaps somewhere more secure in his home city?

As Beatles fans, should we be making a case to Yoko Ono about this?

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Ron Nasty said
I find the medal an interesting one, as legally it still belongs to the Lennon family.

It's not really like it's something he gave away, or that its ownership is disputed. John became John Winston Lennon MBE in 1965, and at the time of his death he was John Winston Ono Lennon MBE. The return of the piece of metal and ribbon in its box did nothing to change that, no more than those medals returned in 1965 in protest at the award to The Beatles changed their positions.

A display of documents surrounding the 1965 award, the 1965 returns by war heroes in protest at "mere pop stars" being honoured in such a way, John's return letter in protest at war, and his medal, I think tell an interesting story.

Which is why I suggested the British Library, as it's a free exhibition.

I wouldn't campaign for it, but I do see that - done in the right way - it could also re-emphasise John's original point in the return about war and peace (though not Cold Turkey, as that has long since left the charts!).

The British Library is a sensible suggestion. It keeps John's point live and allows the medal to be on public display. Would John want it displayed in his home? I think not. Would he went it locked away? Probably, because after sending it back he would have expected this to be the case, but all these years later, would he rather his gesture was publicly visible on a daily basis in the British Library?

I think he'd be tempted.

Very tempted.

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