Monday, October 27, 2014
Handwritten Letter by John Lennon Sells for $28,000 at Auction
Never in a million years would John Lennon have guessed something like this would happen at the time, but a hand written letter of his on Apple stationary to US TV host Joe Franklin asking him to listen to Yoko Ono's album Fly just sold for $28,000 at auction in Boston by RR Auction.
In his letter Lennon says, “Yoko can explain her music better in person – this is a kind of introduction. She was trained as a classical musician and took music composition in Sarah Lawrence College as her major. It's far out, but don't let it frighten you."
Personally I wouldn't blame Franklin for being frightened. No one wants to listen to nails on a chalk board cat wailing. They say love is blind, but in the case of John Lennon it was clearly deaf.
Other items that sold at the auction were: Beatles stock transfer sheets from 1969 for $16,000, Stairway To Heaven sheet music autographed by Led Zeppelin for $13,000, a Fender bass owned and used by Dee Dee Ramone for $38,000, and a Crosby, Stills and Nash Daylight Again gold disc for $245.
It's amazing what some people will pay for certain things. $28,000 for a handwritten letter is astounding, even if it was written by Lennon himself. I'm as big of a Beatles fan as anyone else, but there comes a point where you have to ask yourself if anything is REALLY worth that much. Things are only worth as much as you're willing to pay for them.