A letter signed by John Lennon on the day of his homicide will go up for public sale on Wednesday at Gotta Have Rock and Roll.
The authorized doc, which is dated Dec. 8, 1980, is more than likely one of many final objects Lennon signed earlier than his dying. It was despatched by the late Beatle to his accountant, Barry Nichols. Within the typed letter, three persons are listed as Lennon’s proxy voters, allowing them to vote on the Apple Corps Restricted Annual Common Assembly, attributable to happen 9 days later in London. The letter is predicted to fetch between $50,000 and $70,000. (The letter’s full textual content will be seen on the web site.)
On the night of Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman exterior his house on the Dakota Constructing on the Higher West Aspect of Manhattan. He was taken to close by Roosevelt Hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless. Chapman was denied parole for the twelfth time final month.
One other letter from Lennon went to public sale earlier this 12 months – one despatched to Paul McCartney by which Lennon voiced his frustrations over his former bandmate’s claims that Lennon wouldn’t cooperate when it got here to lastly ending the Beatles’ enterprise dealings. “We might simply signal the paper and hand it to the enterprise individuals and allow them to type it out,” McCartney informed Melody Maker on the time. “That is all I would like now, however John will not do it. All people thinks I’m the aggressor however I am not, . I simply need out.”
Lennon’s burning reply arrived 4 days later, by which he defended his solo music and his newfound house in New York Metropolis. He additionally claimed that it was McCartney who was stalling the negotiations. “No laborious emotions to you both,” Lennon wrote. “I do know we principally need the identical factor, and as I mentioned on the telephone and on this letter, everytime you need to meet, all you need to do is name.”
Different Beatles-related objects at present at public sale embrace numerous signed albums, a tambourine owned by George Harrison and one among Lennon’s guitar picks.
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