The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions held a memorabilia free valuation day at the Beatles Story museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, last Thursday which turned up this interesting letter from John.
The letter is John’s famous note to Her Majesty the Queen, from when he decided to return his MBE to the palace. The letter reads:
I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the chart.
With love John Lennon
John Lennon of Bag.
The owner of the piece, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said the letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection of 45s, which was picked up for £10 at a car boot sale 20 years ago.
Julien’s Auctions valued the letter at £60,000. Until then, the owner of the letter had presumed it must have been a copy and was stunned to discover that it could be worth such a huge sum of money.
Darren Julien, Director at Julien’s Auctions, has theorised that the letter may be an early draft, due to the smudged ink.
“If you’re writing to the Queen, you want the letter to look pretty perfect, you don’t want the ink to be smudged. This suggests that he wrote a second version of the letter, which was the one that was actually sent to the Queen. We’ll be doing some further research but this could be the Beatles find of the year. There is no doubt that the handwriting is definitely that of John Lennon.” [Darren Julien, quoted in The Telegraph, 27th Oct 2016]
Photos above of the letter and of the Beatles press conference after they’d been to collect the MBE on 26th October 1965! (Look at the dates! Spooky!) The press conference was held in the downstairs bar of the Savile Theatre.
Q: What did the Queen say to you?
John Lennon: She said to me, ‘Have you been working hard recently?’ And I couldn’t think what we’ve been doing, so I said, 'No, we’ve been having a holiday,’ when actually we’ve been recording.
Paul McCartney: Then she said to me, 'Have you been together long?’ and I said, 'Yes, many years,’ and Ringo said, 'Forty years,’ and she laughed.
George Harrison: She said, 'It’s a pleasure giving it to you,’ but that’s what she said to everybody, and she put John’s on first.
John Lennon: I must have looked shattered.
Ringo Starr: She said, 'Did you start it all?’ and I said, 'No, they did,’ pointing to the other guys. 'I joined last. I’m the little fellow.’
[Beatles press conference, The Beatles Bible]
Pics: John’s letter - PA, MBE pics - Rolls Press/Popperfoto
Never-before-seen-photos of Marilyn Monroe photographed by Marilyn fan and “Monroe Six” memember Frieda Hull. The shots were taken on July 8, 1960, outside Fox Studios in New York after Marilyn had completed costume and hair tests for her film The Misfits, which was released in 1961. The photos were brought by collector Tony Michaels, in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Marilyn Memorabilia Auction held by Julien’s Auctions in LA.
These photos were taken by George Harrison - not that George Harrison, though! Another George Harrison, also from Liverpool, who was the entertainment columnist for the Liverpool Echo newspaper in the early sixties and no relation to our George.
These pictures were taken on 7th February, 1964 on a plane bound for New York on The Beatles’ first trip to the United States. The negatives for these images were destroyed, but these actual photos were sold at auction at Julien’s.
Dorothy Dress Fetches $480,000 at Auction Yesterday!
The star of Julien’s most recent auction was one of the blue and white gingham pinafore dress designed by the legendary, Adrian. Despite the large sum of money the dress went for, it still pales in comparison to the test dress sold last year at the Debbie Reynolds auction for $910,000. Auctioneer Darren Julien believes that the difference in price is due to the fact that there is only one test dress, whereas there are a few of the screen used dresses floating about. Still the dress managed to snag one of the highest prices at the auction yesterday. The buyer has yet to be identified.
Three books of poetry owned by Marilyn Monroe including, “The Penguin Book of English Verse,” “The Laurel Poetry Series Wordsworth,"and "The Poetry and Prose of Heinrich Heine.” They were sold by Julien’s Auction in the summer of 2009 for $15, 625.
An “Iconograph” of Marilyn Monroe by artist Deborah Morales. The one-of-a-kind, 18 gauge stainless steel artwork is hand-ground, buffed and polished to bring out the energy of the subject matter. It is then overlaid with Iconographic Art and was accented with pink iridescent stones against a glittering pink background at the lips.