JOHN LENNON: Auction Brings in Close to $3 Million




Recalling a song The Beatles famously covered, “Money” — lots of it — changed hands Wednesday at an auction in New York. In what Sotheby’s calls the largest private collection of John Lennon works to reach the market, 89 lots of art and literature brought in a total of $2.9 million. The material belonged to British publisher Tom Maschler, who worked with Lennon on his two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. The items that were auctioned largely came from those projects.

“The Fat Budgie,” a nonsense poem, was sold for $143,000, nearly four times its pre-sale estimate. A handwritten manuscript called “I Sat Belonely” exceeded expectations by roughly the same ratio. It went for $137,000.

The most expensive item sold was Lennon’s nine-page Sherlock Holmes parody titled “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield.” It went for $209,000.

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