On June 4, one of the largest collections of art created by John Lennon will go up for auction at Sotheby’s New York. The collection, titled “You Might Well Arsk,” comes from Tom Maschler. Maschler is one of the people, if not THE PERSON, responsible for creating the famous Booker prize for fiction in the 1960s. Lennon worked with Maschler when he was the literary director for his publisher, Jonathan Cape. Maschler is the one who convinced Lennon to expand his comics and doodles into something more substantial.
Maschler says: “My relationship with John Lennon was different to those I had with all the other authors I worked with over my years as a publisher. Having seen a superb sketch of his that a mutual acquaintance showed me, I met with John to suggest that he should produce John Lennon In His Own Write. I then had to inspire in him the confidence to write and produce the drawings.”
One of the most interesting items that will be up for auction is the original manuscript for “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield.” This short story is John Lennon’s Sherlock Holmes parody that he created in 1965. Lennon said of writing the nine-page story: “It seemed like a novel to me. I couldn’t do it, you know. I get fed-up. And I wrote so many characters in it I forgot who they were.”
Rolling Stone estimates the manuscript will bring in between $40,000 and $60,000. WOW! If that’s a bit out of your budget you may be able to purchase some book mockups for $500, but the New York Times is predicting many items will go upwards of $70,000.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to be Sean or Julian Lennon when things like this go up for auction. The entire world feels some sort of ownership of their father. What is it like to share these memories with so many and have items put up for sale? Families are messy and complicated and goodness knows celebrity families are not excused from the same complications as the rest of us, but I have to wonder if there is some healing involved when you see how much love longevity Lennon has.
Before these amazing works of art are sold you can view them at an exhibit in New York starting May 28.
Image credits: Sotheby’s
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