Largest private collection of John Lennon poems and artwork sells for $3 million at Sotheby's

The collection sold for nearly 300 percent more than auctioneers expected.
By Matt Bradwell   |   June 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- Sketches and poems written by former Beatle John Lennon sold for a combined $2.9 million at Sotheby's auction house on Tuesday.

Sold in 89 separate lots, the works included previously published material from Lennon's books In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, both published in the mid-1960s.

The items, owned by the books' publisher Tom Maschler, are the largest private collection of Lennon's artwork made available for public sale. The final total for all the lots was $2.9 million, nearly three times the $1 million Sotheby's estimated they were worth.

The three most expensive items sold were a hand-written nine-page Sherlock Holmes parody called The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield for $209,000, a hand-written nonsense poem called The Fat Budgie for $143,000 and an ink drawing of a four-eyed guitar player for $109,375. All 89 lots were sold to anonymous buyers.

I have a little budgie He is my very pal I take him walks in Britain I hope I always shall.

I call my budgie Jeffrey My grandads name's the same I call him after grandad Who had a feathered brain.

Some people don't like budgies The little yellow brats They eat them up for breakfast Or give them to their cats.

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