Lot 7019: John Lennon Autograph Letter Signed
ALS signed “John Lennon,” and “Yoko Ono,” one page, 8.25 x 10, no date, but mid-1970s. Letter to the owner of a West Hollywood boutique called Bowinkle’s Revenge, referred to in the greeting by Lennon as “Jeans Woman.” Lennon writes, in full: “Would it be possible for the bearer of this here letter to swap* these 3 pairs of jeans which turned out to be larger than expected for something smaller? Yours in baggy pants, with thanks.” Under the signatures Lennon adds: “* in case you are somebody else, we bought these jeans at your place—sometime last week.” Lennon has alternated the size of his text to correspond with the content of the letter and added two quick self-portrait sketches of himself and Yoko in the lower left. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one passing through a single letter of each signature), slightly irregular right edge, and a few creases.Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in part: “This is a great example of John writing a witty note to a business owner as a show of dissatisfaction, which he did from time to time, ultimately resulting in a valuable keepsake for the proprietor.” This letter seems to date from around the time of his reunion with Ono after John’s fabled 18-month ‘lost weekend’ with May Pang. Lennon would soon step out of the public eye and into domestic life, as he took on the role of house-husband after the birth of his son Sean in October of 1975. A fantastic, whimsical letter from the former Beatle and his wife.
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