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Sotheby's are expecting to raise more than $130,000 (£78,000) overall for papers from the making of Lennon's books In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works.
The collection is owned by Tom Maschler, who was the one who first persuaded The Beatles' Lennon to compile some of his writings for a book, published in 1964, and then worked with him again for the 1965 follow-up.
Sotheby’s will be auctioning Maschler’s Lennon items in New York on 4 June. In the lead-up to the sale, the items will be on display at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, on 13-14 March then at Sotheby’s London from 21-25 March.
Anybody got £80,000 we can borrow?!
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