Thursday, January 22, 2015

Artifact: John Lennon 1968 Handwritten Letter

From a batch of new Beatles-related items at Track Auctions
A single sided letter in the hand of John Lennon that reads, "Dear Michael, Permission granted! (I didn't know you needed it). Good luck. Love John Lennon 3/10 See me!". The letter comes in its original envelope addressed in John Lennon's hand, 'Michael .E. Milbourne (the actor!), Milbourne House, Rottingdean, Sussex', postmarked Weybridge, Surrey, 18th April 1968. John wrote the letter in response to a request from an actor and acquaintance of his, Michael Milbourne, who he had known from the early sixties. Michael conceived the idea of producing an anthology of John's poems from In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works for a creative theatre workshop that would tour the UK in 1968. He subsequently wrote to John asking for permission and this letter forms Lennon's reply. The note comes with a letter of provenance from Michael and also a transcript of the original letter that he wrote to John. It measures 20.2cm x 33cm (8 inches x 13 inches). The letter has been folded to fit into the envelope. It is creased at the bottom with a 4cm (1.5 inch) tear on the bottom centre fold. There is general wear and tear to all edges. The condition of the letter and envelope is very good minus.

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