Then a local newspaper reported their presence and the press rushed to interview them. The four 16-year-olds wanted to interview Lennon for their school magazine but turned up late for the official press conference.
“We knocked on the door” and moments later they sat next to the British musician and Ono. Hoejen held the microphone, and his friend Jesper Jungersen photographed.
At some point, “someone ... I cannot recall who ... asked Lennon if could play the guitar for us.” He played and sang with Ono ‘Give peace a chance’ and “then they sang ‘Radio Peace.’” It was made for a radio station in The Netherlands but was never aired, Hoejen said.
The items — the tape, 23 still photos and a copy of the school paper — have been estimated to be worth at least 200,000 kroner (nearly $31,800).
“What also makes (the tape) interesting is that it is a time pocket.” It was recorded on an old-fashioned tape recorder," said Alexa Bruun Rasmussen of Denmark’s main auction house Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneer that will auction the items on Sept. 28.
“When listening to the tape, you realize that they talk straight from their hearts. This is not a staged press conference.”
The four boys behind the interview eventually found out that they “were sitting on a treasure. So the cassette was put in a bank vault," Hoejen said, and they debated what to do with it.
“A collector or a museum would likely get more of it than us having it in a bank vault," he said. "So we decided to sell it.”