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  • 5 June 2014, 13:08

Lennon Sketches Sell For 1.7m In New York

Sketches and manuscripts by Beatle John Lennon have sold at auction for four or five times their estimated prices.

The 80 lots on offer from Sotheby's in New York were snapped up in just two hours.

The auction house had described the collection as "the most extensive collection of John Lennon's original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts ever to come to auction".

Estimated at between $850,000 (506,000) and $1.2m (710,000) , the pieces ended up pulling in $2.9m (1.7m).

The items comprise the original material that appeared in two books by Lennon - In His Own Write, published five decades ago this year, and A Spaniard in the Works, which hit the bestseller lists in 1965.

The most expensive piece to be auctioned off - a nine-page, handwritten manuscript titled The Singular Experience of Miss Anne Duffield with an estimated price of $50,000 to $70,000 - went for $209,000, fees included.

A poem The Fat Budgie, three pages written in green ink whose pre-sale estimate was between $25,000 and $35,000, went under the hammer for $143,000.

"The outstanding result, the first white glove sale of 2014 at Sotheby's New York, shows that Lennon's nonsense verse, puns, wicked humour and comic drawings continue to resonate 50 years after the publication of In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works," Gabriel Heaton, the deputy director of Sotheby's books and manuscripts department, said in a statement.

A white glove sale is an auction in which every lot is sold.

Before becoming a musician, Lennon was known for his love of drawing.

Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980.

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