Lennon Stubbed Cigarette Out On Hefner's Matisse
JOHN LENNON damaged a valuable HENRI MATISSE painting by using it as an ash tray during a wild party at the Playboy mansion in 1974, HUGH HEFNER claims.
The French artist's works have sold for up to $15 million (GBP8 million) at auction, but amazingly Hefner forgave the former BEATLE for stubbing out his cigarette on the priceless painting - because Lennon was one of his heroes.
The 80-year-old says, "He was separated briefly from his wife YOKO ONO and was in a very bad mood.
"He was drinking a great deal. He misbehaved a little bit and a couple of my friends took exception to it.
"He put a cigarette out on a Matisse and one of my friends was going to kick his butt. But he'd been drinking.
"He was under tremendous pressure, and Lennon was one of my heroes."