The last letter written by John Lennon was auctioned at a higher price than expected. A Beatle fan or memorabilia collector spent nearly $64,000 to get his hands on the rock legend’s letter, which he wrote just hours before his murder.
Lennon wrote the letter on December 8, 1980, and it was addressed to his accountant. On the same day, Mark David Chapman shot and killed him outside his apartment. Read on to learn more about the auction.
John Lennon’s last letter was auctioned for $63,750
The letter, which was auctioned two weeks ago by auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll, was expected to fetch between $30,000 to $50,000. However, by the end of the 17-day online auction on October 22, the letter received several bidders who raised the price to $63,750.
The buyer chose to remain anonymous, so his identity is unknown. This letter is the last recorded legal document signed by John Lennon. The musician signed the letter and sent it to his accountant, Barry Nichols.
In the letter, Lennon listed the names of three agents he chose to vote at the Beatles’ annual meeting. The meeting was scheduled to take place in London nine days later.
Another letter from Lennon went to auction this year
In August, another letter written by Lennon in 1971 was put up for auction. It was addressed to Paul McCartney and possessed Lennon expressing his frustration with the allegations of his former bandmates that he was not cooperating in settling business dealings for the Beatles.
“We’d just sign the paper and hand it to the business people and let them sort it out. That’s all I want now, but John wouldn’t. Everyone thinks I’m the aggressor, but I’m not, you know,” McCartney said in an interview.
Four days later, Lennon replied, “No hard feelings for you either. I know we want basically the same thing, and as I said on the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call.” The singer defended his solo music career and his move to New York City and also accused McCartney of obstructing negotiations.
John Lennon was murdered on December 8, 1980
On December 8, 1980, Lennon was mortally wounded after Mark David Chapman shot him outside the Dakota, his New York City home. Chapman claimed to be a Beatles fan who was angered by Lennon’s lavish lifestyle and his remark that the Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’.
Earlier in the evening, Lennon signed a copy from his album double imagination Chapman outside his home and went to a recording session with his wife Yoko Ono. Later that night, the couple returned, and as they entered their apartment, Chapman shot Lennon five times with a .38 caliber special pistol.
The singer was taken to Roosevelt Hospital in a police car, but was pronounced dead upon arrival. Chapman later confessed to his crime and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
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