John Lennon diary stolen from Yoko Ono recovered in Berlin

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German police have uncovered diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to late Beatle John Lennon, which were stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in 2006.

The retrieved goods include three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a hand written music score - all stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in NY in 2006, and eventually ending up in Berlin.

The diaries were put on display at Berlin police headquarters with other items including a tape recording of a Beatles concert, two pairs of glasses, sheet music and a cigarette case.

The possessions were stolen from Ono's NY home in 2006.

"She was visibly touched and confirmed the authenticity of the items", Berlin police said in a statement on Tuesday. In a report from Reuters, the items were stolen from Ono's former driver and taken to Turkey where they made their way to Berlin in either 2013 or 2014.

They confiscated the items from the auctioneers two weeks later, and on Monday they arrested a suspect and raided his Berlin home and cars.

Another suspect is reportedly Turkey and is "not available" for law enforcement actions, the AP noted.

The diary - which the police now have in their possession - was the one John had with him when he was shot and killed in New York City on the 8th of December.

The Berlin police was alerted after they were found by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house, which had previously valued the objects at 3.1 million euros ($3.64 million).

Authorities notified Yoko Ono, and she became "very emotional" about the items, and it was clear "how much these things mean to her". Police said they can not decide whether to release the items while the investigation is ongoing.

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