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Handwritten Lennon song auctioned
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Lennon memorabilia can fetch high prices at auction
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song Nowhere Man have been sold for $455,000 (270,000) at auction.

The lyrics, part of an entertainment memorabilia sale at Christie's in New York, were written by Lennon in 1965.

A spokesperson for the auction house said they had been expected to fetch around $100,000 (59,000).

The sale's other main item, the Oscar won by Michael Curtiz for Casablanca in 1942, was sold for $231,500 (137,000) to magician David Copperfield.

Lennon and Beatles memorabilia can fetch high prices on the collectors' market, as recent auctions have shown.

In July, two reels of private film footage showing a day in the life of Lennon in 1974 sold for $53,775 (33,235) in New York.

In September, a set of stamps designed by the singer to support striking postal workers in 1971 went for 1,260 in London.

Earlier this year a long-lost musical collaboration between Lennon and Mick Jagger, entitled Too Many Cooks, fetched 1,400, while a 1960s table owned by Lennon reached 2,400.

Other recent sales include a guitar played by George Harrison at the final Beatles concert making $434,750 (257,902 ), and a signed copy of the band's album Revolver fetching 21,600.




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