John Lennon's peace art for an 'angry intruder' sells online



2015-06-26 12:00:47

John Lennon's peace art for an 'angry intruder' sells online

Estimated at 25,000-30,000, the peace banner was drawn by Lennon at Apple Corps' London office

There are two days to go until the Fame Bureau's We Will WOCU sale, which takes place in London on Thursday (May 27).

The auction will prove unmissable for collectors with an interest in great 20th century rock 'n' roll icons,offering a range of music memorabiliafrom the likes ofJohn Lennon and Led Zeppelin.

As we previously reported, an exceptional gold medallion worn onstage by Elvis Presley in 1975 will be the sale's star lot, estimated to sell for a whopping 1m.

 Making love not war: John Lennon (1940-1980)

It willauction alongside one of Elvis's Pink Cadillacs - which are today considered among the most iconic of the King's many possessions.

Also appearing for sale in the Fame Bureau's auction,amidst theBeatles memorabilia, is a peace campaign banner by John Lennon entitled WWIII.

Created on a projection screen, the bannershows Lennon's drawing of a heart with another cut-out heart in the centre, surrounded by a handat each corner.

One hand bears a club, the other bears a sword, and another a gun, while the fourth holds a flower - a popular 1960s symbol of the Hippie peace movement - all aimedtowards the heart.

This exceptional campaigning artwork was drawn entirely in Lennon's own hand, andis signed boldly by him across the bottom half.

According to the Fame Bureau, the piece's origins can be traced to the offices of Apple, The Beatles' self-financed company and record label during their later years.

John Lennon's WWIII, drawn in the Apple Corps offices (Click to enlarge)

The piece was produced by Lennon in the presence of Texan musician Billy Preston, keyboardist on The Beatles' Let It Be albumand the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St,for whom it was originally intended.

So the story goes,an enraged artist entered the Apple building and began insulting John. While Mal Evans, The Beatles' assistant and friend, ejected the artist, Preston and Lennon disappeared.

 The banner will be sold with this cigar box and receipt

The banner - which had been intended to placate theangry intruder - was then displayed upstairs in the building... until Neil Aspinall, head of Apple Corps, deemed it a fire risk.

The work measures 45 x 42 inches and will be sold with a cigar box, originally presented with the banner, bearinga receipt.

It reads: "John 350.00 cash received with thanks. The Coronas are for you! Not to be opened until the birth of rock n roll. Barry (I Think I've been had) Smith."

Three letters of authenticity accompany the letter including from its first owner, the Apple employee who worked with Magic Alex (Apple's in-house electronics wizard), and the cigar box receipt.

Both items are estimated at 25,000-30,000. Bids are set to openat 12,500.

Elsewhere, collectors with an interest in Lennon's art can also buy this veryscarce hand-drawing by The Beatles legend, sketchedduring his first year at Liverpool Art School.

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