Celebrity for sale: Obama’s bus seats, John Lennon’s Austin Princess limo up for bid

Obama bus chair

Obama slept here…or in one just like it

We don’t know what anyone would do with them—perhaps lounge chairs in your Democrat Cave—but one of the oddest vehicular item up for bid are a pair of seats from the soon-to-be-former president’s campaign bus from the 2008 election.

The seats, leather, cushy and embroidered with candidate Obama’s campaign logo, plus “President” in blue over “Obama” in white, were installed in the lead bus and were occupied by the future presidential derriere.

Or at least the one closer to the back.

“Obama’s world essentially revolved around these two chairs,” according to a “provenance statement” from Premiere Transportation, the operator of the bus. The seats were situated in the middle of the bus, side-by-side, along the right-hand wall. “The second chair—was usually filled by a top advisor, campaign surrogate, Senator Joe Biden, or Michelle Obama on the few occasions when she travelled on the bus with us—It was occupied most often by Barack Obama’s aides Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson. It was also used a lot by Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod.”

Obama not only did business from the chair, we’re told, but also slept in it. “Barack Obama reclined and napping in his chair and Robert Gibbs or another advisor doing the same in the other.” Or in other words, President Obama slept here.

Obama said that he wanted to take the chairs with him to the White House, but didn’t. The chairs are going up for bid during the Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction from RR Auction began on December 16 and will conclude on January 11. For information, visit the RR Auction web site at www.rrauction.com.

John Lennon's Austin Princess hearse/limo as promoted by Sotheby's

John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess hearse/limo in Sotheby’s publicity photo

For those whose taste leans less to political furniture and more to automobiles owned by musicians, John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess includes the original, signed registration by the rock music legend, will soon go up for auction.

The Austin Princess was usually configured as a limousine, but Lennon’s had originally been bodied as a hearse by Mulliner, the renowned British coachbuilder.

Lennon acquired the Austin hearse in August 1971, and it was used extensively in the documentary “Imagine” before being customized with two rows of airline seats. It’s said that car had been personally selected by Lennon because the doors opened to a wider angle, “allowing for a quick escape from throngs of adoring fans.”

In 1972, the Austin was sold to William “Bill” McGaw of La Jolla, a California film producer. In 1972, the Austin was sold to William “Bill” McGaw of La Jolla, California, who used the Princess to tour Ireland with his family in 1972. After bringing it back to California, he registered it with the custom plate “EMAJIN,” keeping it until 1987.

More recently the Austin was owned and displayed by the Austin Rock & Roll Car Museum, who put it up for auction by Sotheby’s in September, 2016. A portion of the proceeds were to go to UNICEF, but a bid of £135,000 (about $165,000 US) was not accepted. The John Lennon Austin Princess hearse/limousine will go under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale during Jan. 14-22, 2017.

How much either will go for–if sold–is still up to bidders. What would be your offer? Tell us below.