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

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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in the forthcoming sale, there are letters written by Marilyn Monroe and Dwight Eisenhower among hundreds of other historical documents.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.

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