Portrait of British pop group The Beatles (L-R) Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon (1940 - 1980) at the BBC Television Studios in London before the start of their world tour, June 17, 1966. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

A very rare and very infamous Beatles album that was owned by John Lennon himself was recently auctioned off for a whopping $234,000.

The album is a copy of the Beatles collection Yesterday and Today with the infamous ‘butcher’ cover, where the Fab Four are surrounded by raw meat and decapitated doll parts.  The cover was meant as Vietnam War protest but was quickly pulled by the label and is now a sought-after collector’s item. This copy, owned by Lennon and displayed on the wall of his NYC apartment, was signed by John, Paul, and Ringo and had a sketch by Lennon on the back.

It was auctioned this week for £180,000, or about $234K, the third-highest price ever paid for a vinyl album. Read the full story HERE.