Written in 1971, in the wake of the Beatles’ break-up, the letter will be up for sale on May 30th as part of an online auction organized by Profiles in History. There’s no word on the actual contents of the letter.
Last year, a draft of a 1971 letter Lennon wrote to Eric Clapton expressing his admiration for and a desire to collaborate with the guitarist was auctioned off (also by Profiles in History): “Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music,” Lennon wrote. “I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us, which I know will happen if/when we get together.”
Not all Lennon letters have sold at auction: Last year, another note to Paul and Linda – a six-page rant about the end of the Beatles and how he and Yoko Ono were treated – failed to sell at Christie’s in London after bids didn’t reach the £63,000 reserve price.
Several other items of Beatles memorabilia have been up for auction lately, including a custom-built VOX guitar played by both Lennon and George Harrison around the time of Magical Mystery Tour, signed photos of the group playing Shea Stadium, and an autographed copy of their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.