A letter written by John Lennon to a journalist who accused The Beatles of ripping off black music has sold at auction for £12,000 ($22,000).
The letter was handwritten on American Airlines notepaper
Lennon's angry, handwritten message reads: "Many kids were turned on to black music by us. It wasn't a rip off, it was a love-in".
The letter was one of 12 items of Lennon memorabilia under the hammer at the Bonhams auction house in London.
A copy of the Sergeant Pepper album signed by The Beatles sold for £14,000.
However, a black felt hat which Lennon wore in the last official Beatles photoshoot failed to sell.
There have been several auctions of Lennon-related items in recent months.
A schoolbook featuring the singer's drawing of Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter sold for £126,000 in April.