The former Beatle and ‘Imagine’ singer/songwriter was also a masterful doodler and a punny story teller…but not the best speller.
John Lennon once said: “Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.” And apparently, the music legend was right—almost three million times right today.
Far exceeding projected estimates, the Beatles frontman’s sketches and writings recently sold for $2.9 million at auction at Sotheby’s in New York. And if you were a mega Beatles fan in the 1960s, then you’d probably recognize some of Lennon’s works, which had originally been published in two of his books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works.
Tom Maschler, publisher of the books and owner of Lennon’s aforementioned material for the past 50 years, believed the icon was a man of “extraordinary talent and imagination”—even if he wasn’t an extraordinary speller. Evident in Lennon’s writings are various misspellings and errors, but it appears those “perfect mistakes” are what bring value to this significant moment in pop culture history.
Of the highest bid writings and sketches that were auctioned off was Lennon’s Sherlock Holmes parody entitled The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield ($209,000); a funny poem entitled The Fat Budgie, ($143,000); and a sketch of a four-eyed guitar player ($109,375).