Lot 817: Beatles: John Lennon

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:53:09

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Lot 817: Bank check, 7.75 x 3.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Lennon, "John Lennon," drawn on the "Maclen (Music) Ltd" account and payable to Granada T. V. Rentals Ltd for £32.25, February 23, 1971. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps, trivial staple holes to upper left corner, and a cancellation notation through part of the signature. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in part: "John has signed this check beautifully in black ballpoint pen in the appropriate space. This check is in excellent overall condition…and because it was very well kept over the past 44 years it looks remarkable for its age. In recent years, John Lennon signed bank checks have become extremely rare and desirable." Maclen Music was the company through which Lennon and Paul McCartney received songwriting royalties. When he wrote this check, Lennon was two months removed from the release of his first solo studio album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Representing Lennon's transition from the Beatles to a solo career, this is a supremely appealing example. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $4000-5000
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