German police have recovered around 100 stolen possessions that belonged to late Beatles star John Lennon.
The items were taken from his widow, Yoko Ono, in New York 11 years ago and included three diaries, two pairs of his trademark metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score.
The belongings were displayed on Tuesday at the Berlin police headquarters after being retrieved.
Police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel told The Associated Press: “This was a spectacular, unusual criminal case.”
The diary that was recovered included an entry that was written the morning of Lennon’s death on Dec. 8, 1980. It contains “the entry that on that morning John Lennon and Yoko Ono had an appointment with Annie Leibovitz to take a photo which I think is world famous,” Berlin prosecutor Michael von Hagen said.
Leibovitz’s portrait is thought to have ended up being on the cover of January 1981’s Rolling Stone magazine.
A 58-year-old suspect was reportedly arrested on Monday over the robbery and police have raided his Berlin home and cars.
Police have also said that another suspect lives in Turkey, but both names are not being released because of German privacy rules.
During their investigation, police officers and prosecutors also flew to NYC, where they met a “very emotional” Ono to have her verify the stolen goods.
“We noticed clearly how much these things mean to her and how happy she would be to have them back,” prosecutor Susann Wettley explained.
The stolen Lennon memorabilia also included a recording of a Beatles concert from 1965, a school exercise book from 1952, contract documents for the copyright of Lennon’s “I’m the Greatest” song and handwritten scores for “Woman” and “Just Like Starting Over”.
German authorities first became aware of the stolen goods when a bankruptcy administrator for the Berlin auction house Auctionata contacted them in July.
They had found the items in the company’s storage, however, police are still investigating to see how the objects ended up at the auction house in the first place.