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Imagine No Possessions

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“I wonder if you can …”

A new documentary film titled Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is said to reveal many celebrity shopping “secrets,” culled from happenings over decades at the ultra-high-end fashion mecca known as Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

For example, on Christmas Eve of either ’78 or ’79, former Bergdorf fur man Jack Cohen recollects a call from Yoko Ono. It was near closing time, but she was requesting a selection of furs to be brought for inspection to the Dakota building where she and John Lennon lived. The Bergdorf staff obliged, lugging ten trunks worth over to Central Park West. John and Yoko perused the pelts and ended up buying 80 of them—presumably many as Christmas gifts—at a total cost of over $400,000. And back then, as they say, $400,000 was real money. This would have been about 7 or 8 years after the composition and release of “Imagine,” with the “no possessions” line.

However, I’m certainly not condemning John and Yoko for making a huge purchase of furs. They were doing nothing illegal, and their buy paid the salaries of people much further down on the economic totem-pole than themselves. It gave people jobs.

It’s merely one of those little stories that offers a bit of perspective.


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