John Lennon's drawings and writing to be auctioned off

John Lennon's drawings and writing to be auctioned off

Going under the Sotheby's hammer

Image: Sotheby's

The largest private collection of drawings, doodles and poems by The Beatles legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon are set to be sold at auction this Wednesday by Sotheby’s in New York

Ranging from a nonsensical description of Lennon's native city of Liverpool in the UK, to a drawing of a National Health Cow (a jab towards Britain's National Health Service), the collection that will be auctioned off reveals the more private side of the famed British singer, who died in 1980.

The unique drawings and original manuscripts are part of a collection of publisher Tom Maschler, who published them in two books — In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965).

The sale that will take place in New York coincides with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance in America, when they performed on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Sotheby's states the drawings and poems all date back to the early 1960s, at the height of 'Beatlemania'.

Another highlight in the sale — with an estimate price of $12,000 to $15,000 — is a cartoon of a boy with six birds, which appeared in A Spaniard in the Works and was used 30 years later as the cover for the Beatles' song Free as a Bird, written by Lennon in 1977.

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