Thursday, January 22, 2015

Artifact: John Lennon 1964/1965 Sketch Of A Bird

From a batch of new Beatles-related items at Track Auctions
A sketch in black ink drawn by John Lennon. The drawing depicts a bird on a perch. The unpublished sketch was originally submitted to Jonathan Cape for possible inclusion into one of John Lennon's two books In His Own Write or A Spaniard In The Works which were published in 1964 and 1965, respectively. Similar sketches can be seen in both of the publications. The drawing came directly from the collection of Tom Maschler who was head of Jonathan Cape, the company that published both books, in the sixties. It is not one of the lots that were included in the recent sale of John's auction that took place at Sotheby's, New York on 4th June 2014. The sheet of paper measures 25.5cm x 20.25cm (10 inches x 8 inches). The paper has some light creasing on each corner and a scattering of small ink spots in various places. The condition of the sketch is very good.

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