Newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono flew to the British territory of Gibraltar along the coast of Southeastern Spain and married on March 20, 1969. For their honeymoon the couple traveled to Room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton and staged a week-long “Bed-in for peace” in their hotel room. They called it a “happening”
“These guys were sweating to fight to get in first because they thought we were going to be making love in bed,” John said.
Dressed in white and surrounded by flowers reporters shoved their way into the hotel room and found John in his pajamas and Yoko in a modest nightgown with long sleeves and a high neck. The couple was talking peace, being their own commercial for peace.
“All I’m saying is peace,” John said. “Give it a chance.”
Lennon spoke like a man who was running out of time.
Some reporters painted the bed-in as naïve and self-indulgent. One interviewer asked John how it felt to be laughed at.
“Its part of our policy not to be taken seriously,” John said. “And we stand a better chance under that guise, because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot.”
On Dec. 3 Julien’s Auctions in West Hollywood, Calif., featured the original signed “Bed-in” Montreal, 1969, drawing featuring two large caricature self-portraits of Lennon and Ono sketched by Lennon. The drawing was created in Suite 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It sold for $90,000.
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