News

John Lennon’s writing collection up for auction

John Lennon’s writing collection up for auction

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY: A collection of poems, short stories and drawings by John Lennon is to go under the hammer in New York later this year. Photo: Associated Press

A collection of poems, short stories and drawings by John Lennon is to go under the hammer in New York later this year.

The manuscripts written by the Beatles legend have been kept in a drawer for 50 years by publishing boss Tom Maschler, but will be sold off at Sotheby’s auction house in New York in June.

Most of the documents were produced by Lennon in connection with two books of poetry, drawings and musings which he released in 1964 and 1965, “In His Own Write” and “A Spaniard In The Works.”

The sale’s center piece is a handwritten draft of “The Singular Experience Of Miss Anne Duffield,” Lennon’s longest piece of prose, which is expected to fetch as much as $60,000.

Other items include a drawing of a four-eyed guitarist, valued at as much as $25,000, and another of a boy with six birds, which is expected to draw bids as high as $15,000.

The items, which have been on display at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, will also be shown at Sotheby’s London between March 21 and March 25 ahead of the New York auction on June 4.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top alternative tracks

mumford

LISTEN: This week's top alternative songs, according to the weekly Billboard chart.

in Viral Videos

Paralyzed student walks across stage at college graduation

10-overlay5

Injured playing football in 2010, Christopher Norton walked across the stage with help from his new fiancée.

in Music

Stars salute Pete Townshend

24-overlay6

The Who star was honored with a special concert for his longtime work with the MusiCares charity.

in Viral Videos

This ‘Single Ladies/Ducktales’ mashup is a thing of beauty

12-overlay4

WATCH: The infamous video from Beyoncé's hit single pairs perfectly with the cartoon theme song.

in Music

For Sale: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

neverland

The King of Pop's former fantasyland is on the market for a cool $100 million.