On The Block: John Lennon’s Sketches And Manuscripts Up For Auction

Sameera Ehteram
Legendary Beatles singer John Lennon's collection of drawings and manuscripts are all set to hit Sotheby's auction block on June 4.

As a musician, he was among the best known in the world. His music became part of contemporary folklore, but while millions across the globe would recognize John Lennon's name, fewer know about his writings and drawings.

That is about to change. Sotheby's New York is now auctioning a collection of the late Beatle's handwritten manuscripts and sketches.

Head of Books and Titles at the auction house, Richard Austin, says "You really see Lennon's humor coming through in a lot of the artwork. He loved to draw these sorts of grotesque, fantastic characters, and you see a lot of those on display on the walls as well. It's something that when you go through, everyone seems to crack a smile when they start looking at the drawings."

Of the 89 lots ranging from $500 to $70,000, the one likely to fetch the highest price is Lennon's handwritten manuscript of "The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield," valued at between $50,000-$70,000.

But Austin says one of the most interesting is a manuscript valued at slightly less, but one that shines a light on one of the most cryptic relationships in modern culture.

"For people who are interested in the relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, that's a really interesting lot because this is Paul contributing to John's work outside of music, so that's something that we think a lot of people should be interested in as well," he says.

The auction marks the 50th anniversary of "In His Own Write" - a book by John Lennon, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in the U.S.

The block opens in New York on June 4.