John Lennon letter to Paul and Linda McCartney to be auctioned

Note penned after Beatles break-up expected to fetch £40,000

John Lennon letter to Paul and Linda McCartney to be auctioned

Photo: PA

A letter written by John Lennon and sent to Paul McCartney and wife Linda is to go up for auction.

The note dates back to 1971, after The Beatles' formal break-up, and is expected to sell for around £40,000 in an online auction being run by Profiles In History. The sale will take place on May 30.

The same document dealers sold a Lennon letter, this time sent to Eric Clapton, at auction last year. The main body of the letter saw the former Beatle trying to arrange a collaboration with the ex-Cream star.

An extract read: "Both of us have been thru the same kind of shit/pain that I know you’ve had—and I know we could help each other in that area—but mainly Eric – I know I can bring out something great – in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music, I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us – which I know will happen if/when we get together."

Lennon letters don't always sell at auction, however. Last year, another letter to Paul and Linda written by Lennon failed to find a buyer at Christie's in London, with bids not meeting the £63,000 reserve price. It was a bitter rant at the couple over six pages about the demise of The Beatles and their treatment of Yoko Ono, although it's unknown whether it was ever actually sent to them.

"I hope you realise what ... you and the rest of my kind and unselfish friends laid on Yoko & me since we have been together," he wrote, also predicting the McCartneys' marriage would be over within two years, adding: "Do you really believe that most of today's art came about because of the Beatles? I don't believe you're that insane Paul ... Didn't we always say we were part of the movement -- not all of it? Get off your gold disk and fly." Despite the vitriol, he signed off: "Inspite (sic) of it all, love to you both, from us two."

Elsewhere in the forthcoming sale, there are letters written by Marilyn Monroe and Dwight Eisenhower among hundreds of other historical documents. Monroe's handwritten, undated letter is to acting coach Lee Strasberg explaining she can’t concentrate on what she's trying to learn. Written on Hotel Bel-Air letterhead stationery, it's expected to fetch around £33,000. The Eisenhower letters are a collection of 58 he wrote to his wife Mamie while he was the Allied commander during World War II.

Read More On This Artist

John Lennon Merchandise
More News
Superfood stream debut album 'Don't Say That' – listen
Joanna Gruesome announce 2015 London residency
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs live with Joan Jett - watch
Kenny G denies meddling in foreign affairs after attending Hong Kong pro-democracy protest
Ozzy Osbourne urges original drummer Bill Ward to rejoin Black Sabbath for final album
Courtney Love claims she and Dave Grohl have a £6k bet about strippers
Martin Scorsese to produce The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary documentary
Radio 1 to decide if they'll play 'UKIP Calypso' on Official Chart Show
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason compares Roger Waters to Stalin
Foo Fighters unveil second 'Sonic Highways' single - hear 'The Feast and The...
Noel Gallagher performs 'How Soon Is Now?' with Johnny Marr on stage in London – watch
16 people hospitalised after drug overdoses at Skrillex concert
Run The Jewels release second album early online for free
Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, One Direction & more to play inaugural BBC Music Awards
Death Cab For Cutie say their new album will 'win back' fans
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne discusses Kesha's Dr Luke abuse claims
U2 say their free album was 'a bottle of milk in people's fridge that they weren't...
New York festival CMJ hit by Ebola scare
Foo Fighters preview Washington DC episode of 'Sonic Highways' - watch
Cold War Kids push new album release to March 2015
Chvrches share anime inspired 'Under The Tide' video - watch
Neil Young set for first ever art exhibition in California

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM