John Lennon Drawings And Stories Up For Auction
John Lennon's handwritten manuscripts, sketches and drawings are going up for auction next month.
The Beatles musician produced the pieces for his books In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard In The Works (1965).
The most expensive lot in the collection is Lennon's handwritten manuscript of The Singularge Experience Of Miss Anne Duffield which is valued at between $50,000 to $70,000 (£30,000- £42,000).
"That's one of the key manuscripts in the collection," said Richard Austin, head of books and titles at Sotheby's New York.
"There's also just a lot of very funny sketches, you really see Lennon's humour coming through in a lot of the artwork. He loved to draw these sorts of grotesque, fantastic characters, and you see a lot of those on display on the walls as well.
"It's something that when you go through, everyone seems to crack a smile when they start looking at the drawings."
The sketches and comic characters show an artistic and comical side to Lennon that the public may not have known about.
The auction on June 4 comes at an opportune time - this year marks the 50th anniversary of In His Own Write as well as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in the US.
John Lennon was murdered by obsessive fan Mark David Chapman in 1980.