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Thursday, 4 October, 2001, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Angry Lennon letter fails to sell
Beatles
The Beatles finally split up in 1970
An angry letter written from John Lennon to Paul McCartney revealing their strained relationship failed to sell at auction on Thursday.

The fiery letter, written to McCartney, now Sir Paul, and his late wife Linda in the early 70s, shows the animosity that developed after The Beatles split up.


I hope you realize what **** you and the rest of my kind and unselfish friends laid on Yoko & me

John Lennon
Bids for the six-page draft fell 13,000 short of the 65,000 asking price at Christie's in London.

"There was a lot of interest in the letter, but you can never guarantee it will sell," a spokesman for the auctioneer's said.

Littered with expletives, the letter clearly shows the dislike he felt towards Linda and the anger at their treatment of his and Yoko Ono's relationship.

Although it is undated, it is estimated it was penned around 1970-1971 and there is no indication whether it was ever sent.

He wrote: "I hope you realize what **** you and the rest of my kind and unselfish friends laid on Yoko & me since we have been together - it might have sometimes been a bit more subtle or should I say 'middle class' - but not often..."

John Lennon letter
The letter contains spelling mistakes and swearing
Another line shows the disdain he felt for Sir Paul's wife: "God help you out Paul - See you in two years - I reckon you'll be out then..."

It appears to be in retaliation to a letter from Linda about comments he made to the press in the wake of the band's break-up.

'High horse'

It continues: "Obviously if they keep asking Beatle questions - I'll answer them...I know some of it gets personal - but whether you believe it or not - I try and answer straight ...I don't resent your husband - I'm sorry for him.


Inspite (sic) of it all, love to you both, from us two

John Lennon
"I know the Beatles are "quite nice people" - I'm one of them - they're also just as big ******** as anyone else, so get off your high horse!...

The letter, which was part of an auction of pop memorabilia, also reveals his dislike of the trappings of The Beatles fame.

Commenting on their MBE awards in 1965 - Lennon returned his four years later - he wrote: "I do remember squirming a little - don't you Paul - or do you - as I suspect still believe it all...?"

John Lennon
Lennon would have been 61 on 9 October
Despite the obvious anger and disappointment expressed he signs off saying "...inspite (sic) of it all, love to you both, from us two."

The letter featured in a sale offering the collector an A to Z of pop from Abba to ZZ Top, including lyrics, autograph material, props, costume and guitars ranging in estimate from 200 to 80,000.

Lennon is considered to be one of the biggest music icons ever. A tribute concert held in New York on Tuesday showed the depth of feeling there still is for the star, who was murdered in the city in 1980.

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The BBC's Rosie Millard
"It is not known if it was even sent to Paul McCartney"
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