John Lennon's Drawings To Be Auctioned Off
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.04.2014
And his original writing...
Billboard reports that original drawings and poems created by John Lennon for his books In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works are set to be auctioned off. British publisher Tom Maschler has owned the collection for fifty years and will sell it today at Sotheby's. It's the largest private collection of Lennon's work to get sold with prices ranging from $500 to $70,000.
Lennon trained as an artist at the Liverpool School of Art before he became a musician. Maschler said he was a man of "extraordinary talent and imagination." He added that Lennon's art was underrated and he hoped the auction "will redress the balance."
There are 89 pieces total. One is a cartoon is a boy with six birds that appeared in 1965's A Spaniard in the Works. It was used 30 years later as the cover art for The Beatles' song "Free as a Bird." The song was written by Lennon in 1977. It was released 25 years after the band split up and 15 years after Lennon's death with extra instruments and vocals from the other three members in 1995. The cartoon is estimated to sell between $12,000 and $15,000.
There is also a nine-page Sherlock Holmes parody called The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield that is estimated to sell between $50,000 and $70,000. A poem called "The Fat Budgie" has a value between $25,000 and $35,000.
In His Own Write is a set of 31 short stories and poem with puns and spelling errors. It was published in 1964 and compared to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. A Spaniard in the Works was published a year later with more nonsensical stories. It was a play on the British term "a spanner in the works", similar to the American phrase "a monkey wrench in the works."
Lennon told the BBC that his stories were short because he typed slowly. He added: "I couldn't be bothered going on."
Maschler worked with Lennon on the books while serving as the literary director of Jonathan Cape publishers. He's also worked with Tom Wolfe, Edward Albee, Philip Roth and Salman Rushdie.