John Lennon's school detention sheet to sell at Sotheby's
A detention sheet from John Lennon's schooldays will be sold at Sothebys next week, as part of a major sale of music memorabilia in London.
Dating from 1955-56, the sheet shows that Lennon's rebellious spirit was in full effect during his teenage years at the Quarry Bank High School in Allerton, Liverpool.
The sheet lists all of Lennon's detentions between September 9, 1955 and July 11, 1956, along with the variety of reasons he was punished. The entries, written by six different teachers at the school, include "Nuisance in class", "silly conduct", "Foolish remarks", "Not wearing school cap", "Very late", "Disturbance", "Inattention", "Failing to report for class detention..." and "Groaning at me...".
The sheet also tells the story of September 12, 1955, when Lennon was awarded with five detentions in a single day for "No Hwk" [homework], "Impertinence"..."Talk after 2 warnings" and "Further talk".
Lennon's schoolboy rebellion against authority also took a more creative route, in an unofficial school magazine entitled The Daily Howl.
Hand-written in an exercise book and featuring his own cartoon illustrations, Lennon's magazine lampooned teachers and was a hit amongst his classmates.
The vintage detention sheets were apparently rescued from a bonfire in the 1970s, when a member of school staff was tasked with clearing out storage rooms. Whilst flicking through the books destined for the flames, he spotted Lennon's name and kept several sheets as a memento.
Now the detention sheet could sell for up to £3,000 when it hits the auction block, alongside treasures such as the 1962 management contract between The Beatles and Brian Epstein, and Bob Dylan’s original typescript lyrics for ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’.
The Sotheby’s Rock & Pop sale takes place in London on September 29.
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