March 23, 2014


John Lennon's Doodles & Poems Can Be Yours

Tom Hanley
Tom Hanley

This June auctioneer Sotheby's will sell the largest private collection of John Lennon’s nonsense poems, doodles and comic drawings. 

The pieces are currently owned by British publisher Tom Maschler, creator of the prestigious literary award The Booker Prize. Lennon originally created the works during the Beatlemania craze, the Daily News reports, and Maschler then published them in two books: In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965). 

The Sotheby's collection has been entitled "You Might Well Arsk." It will be sold in 89 lots and has a pre-sale estimate of $800,000

Highlights include Lennon writing "gibberish" descriptions of his hometown of Liverpool, as well as a drawing of a "National Health Cow," which was the singer's critique of the U.K.’s national health service. There's also a reference to the Beatles' first single "Love Me Do," which was released in 1962.