Lennon's letter to Clapton could see $30,000 at auction


2015-06-26 13:02:53


Lennon's letter to Clapton could see $30,000 at auction

A letter in which John Lennon attempts to recruit Eric Clapton shows what could have been

There was a time when legendary guitarist Eric Clapton could have become a member of the Beatles, and now a letter in which John Lennon tries to recruit him for a separate project is to sell in Los Angeles.

The December 18 auction will see the letter sell among writings from the likes of Beethoven, Louis Armstrong and Tchaikovsky. It is expected to bring $20,000-30,000 as an important item that shows Lennon's plans following the Beatles' split in 1970.

John Lennon Eric Clapton signed letterLennon had originally wanted Clapton to replace George Harrison

In this draft copy of the final letter, dated September 29, 1971, Lennon writes of his respect and admiration for the guitarist, as well as their shared experiences within the music industry. He states:

"Both of us have been thru the same kind of shit/pain that I know you've hadand I know we could help each other in that areabut mainly EricI know I can bring out something greatin fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music, I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of uswhich I know will happen if/when we get together."

Eric Clapton John Lennon auction letterThe Plastic Ono Band: Clapton wouldhave a better relationship with Yoko Ono than the original Beatles

Clapton had previously played guitar on the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which appeared on 1968's White Album, as well as in the Plastic Ono Band. He had also beenLennon's favourite candidateto be George Harrison's replacement after the guitarist threatened to quit the band.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a signed photograph and signed drawing from John Lennon, as well as an array of the finest Beatles memorabilia. We continue to bring you all the latest news on Beatles collecting - for more sign up to our free weekly newsletter.

Also featuring in the sale is Charles Dickens' manuscript of his obituary to William Makepeace Thackeray, which is expected to sell for $40,000-60,000.

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