PERSONAL ITEMS belonging to John Lennon and his wife Yoko have turned up in a bankrupt Berlin auction house ten years after their former chauffeur was suspected of trying to extort $2 million over an alleged case of sexual harassment.
Koral Karsan (61) (above) was arrested in December 2006 on extortion charges, after threatening to release intimate copies of photographs and audio tapes. New York prosecutors dropped the charges in February 2007 and Karsan was allowed to leave America for Turkey after spending 60 days in jail and pleading guilty to the lesser charge of attempted grand larceny.
Fast forward ten years and 86 items, including eye glasses and personal diaries, came to light after the Auctionata auction house in Berlin collapsed into bankruptcy.
Yoko Ono identified the possessions from a series of photographs and Martin Steltner, of the state prosecutor’s office in Berlin, said:
We heard that the items had been in different cupboards in her flat in the Dakota building in New York. Not in a safe or special place and she had never reported they were stolen.
Mr Karsan was asked about the missing possessions and claimed that Ms Ono had asked him to move the items from her flat in 2006, ahead of a powerful thunder storm that later hit Manhattan.