Lennon's schoolbook up for bid
The 10-page red exercise book, entitled My Anthology, dates back to the period when John Lennon was 12 years old.india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 15:06 IST
A schoolbook containing some of music legend John Lennon's earliest thoughts, drawings and poems could be sold for£1,00,000 (144,000 euros, $174,000) when it is auctioned later this month.
The 10-page red exercise book, entitled My Anthology, dates back to the period, when the ex-Beatle was just 12 years old. It includes an illustration of a walrus, from Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter.
The singer-songwriter later acknowledged that the poem was the inspiration for the Beatles' 1967 song I am the Walrus.
The lots are part of a rock memorabilia auction to take place on April 19 at London waxwork museum Madame Tussauds.
Louise Cooper, of auction house Cooper Owen, said: "Lennon will always be remembered as one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time.
"But these sketches and poems paint a new picture of the creativity and passion that was rushing through his veins at such a young age."
The earliest-known piece of Lennon memorabilia, his engraved silver christening bracelet, is also going under the hammer with a log of his trip to Bermuda in 1980. The record is expected to fetch£25,000.
Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment by an obsessed fan in December 1980.