Art attack … (l-r) tycoon Hefner, a Matisse and Lennon
Lennon picture: REX
By PETE SAMSON
PLAYBOY tycoon HUGH HEFNER has revealed how drunken JOHN LENNON stubbed out a ciggie on a valuable painting at his mansion.
Hefner had to stop his pals walloping the Beatle after he vandalised the picture by Henri Matisse — whose work fetches up to £8MILLION.
The incident happened during a wild LA party in 1974.
Hefner, 80, said: “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.”
Lennon — shot dead in New York in 1980 — was not the only Beatle to party there.
Hefner said RINGO STARR was a regular.
Asked if they got lucky with the Playmates, he replied: “I’d be surprised if they didn’t.”