An overseas collector has paid £9,500 for John Lennon's toilet at an auction in Liverpool. The porcelain lavatory was used by the music legend during the three years he lived at Tittenhurst Park, Berkshire, between 1969 and 1972. Lennon gave it to builder John Hancock, telling him "to use it as a plant pot" after he installed a new toilet. It was expected to sell for £1,000 but the investor broke the estimate at the 33rd Beatles Convention in Liverpool. Fab Four expert and auction organiser Stephen Bailey said: "It is unbelievable. "We had bids coming in from all over the place but it went to a private overseas buyer." The sale took place in the The Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The toilet had been stored in Mr Hancock's shed at home for nearly 40 years, until he died recently.