KFIX Rock News: John Lennon Items To Be Auctioned Today

lennonmain3The largest private collection of John Lennon’s artwork and poems is scheduled for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City today.

The collection contains 89 original drawings, poems and prose the late Beatle did for his books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, which were published during the height of Beatlemania in the mid-1960s.

“This is the first time that this artwork — the original artwork — has been seen in the United States,” says Richard Austin of Sotheby’s. Austin says the collection of material to be auctioned has “very rarely, if ever, been seen in public.”

Austin says Lennon was someone who “had a love of language. And he was particularly interested in puns and playing with language. And he was also a very accomplished cartoonist.” Sotheby’s says the collection was given by Lennon to Tom Maschler, the publisher of the late Beatle’s two books.

In addition to the artwork and poems, there’s also a typed note Paul McCartney prepared as an introduction to Lennon’s In His Own Write.

In the note, Paul recalls their first meeting, writing, “…At Woolton village fete I met him. I was a fat schoolboy and, as he leaned an arm on my shoulder, I realized he was drunk. We were twelve then, in spite of his sideboards…”

Sotheby’s estimates the value of the note at between 20 and 30 thousand dollars.

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