Lot 7035: Handwritten notes by both John Lennon and Yoko Ono, one page, 8 x 12.75, no date but circa 1969. Notes to Derek Taylor, the press officer for the Beatles who remained close to Lennon long after the band's breakup. Lennon pens the first three lines in black felt tip, in full: "Audience must not be 'loaded' with 'officials'—(Mayors and Kennedys) it must be mainly kids and critics. Any charity bits (the gate) only to be known after the event." Yoko continues with the next three lines: "Don't explain us—John & Yoko. None of Yoko is a good artist bit they ought to know by know." Lennon then concludes with the final three lines: "Tickets shouldn't be too expensive and none of that all Bernsteins and such likes kids getting the 'best' seats at the zoo." Pencil and ballpoint notes are written below in another hand. Intersecting folds, scattered creases, and a few small tears and holes (not affecting the Lennon/Ono portion of the page), otherwise fine condition. Though unclear which show these notes refer to, many of Lennon's post-Beatles concerts were for the benefit of causes he supported—a Christmas concert in aid of UNICEF, a rally for the imprisoned John Sinclair, a benefit for families of the victims of the Attica State Prison riot, and a fundraiser for Willowbrook State School were among these. A fabulous piece that combines Lennon's quick wit with his political inclinations.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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