A pair of John Lennon‘s detention sheets are expected to fetch around £3,000 when they go up for auction on November 22.
The sheets, handed to Lennon when he was 15 and a pupil at Quarry Bank High School for Boys in Liverpool where he was renowned as a “class clown”, detail various misdemeanours, including “sabotage”, “fighting in class”, “nuisance”, “shoving” and having “just no interest whatsoever”.
On two occasions, the future Beatle was handed three detentions in one day. The sheers cover the periods when he was in Class 3B between May 19 and June 23 1955, and in Class 4C from November 25, 1955 to February 13, 1956.
According to TracksAuction.com which is selling the sheets, they come from a class detention book that was rescued from a bonfire at the school in the late-1970s.
During a summer break at another school, teachers were asked to make space in a store room for the arrival of another teacher. The instruction was to burn everything in the room, although the teacher saw the name Lennon, written on the top left corner of each page, and decided to hold on to a few as a keepsake, although some of these were later damaged.
They have since been authenticated by Lennon’s childhood friend and original member of Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen Pete Shotton, who wrote ‘John Lennon: In My Life’, first published in 1983, and remained close to The Beatles throughout their time together.
Peter Beech, Lennon’s science teacher at the time in question, said: “The sheet is typical of John Lennon. He was an extremely cheeky boy. He did, however, know his limits. In the classroom, if you settled John down, you generally settled the class down.”
Online bidding starts on November 22, and the auction concludes with a live online sale beginning at 5pm on December 1. Other items in the Beatles memorabilia sale are a signed copy of ‘The Beatles’ (White Album), which is expected to be sold for between £60,000 and £80,000, handwritten lyrics to an unpublished song by Paul McCartney, and an unpublished Lennon sketch.