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Lennon letter sells for 12,000
John Lennon's letter
The letter was handwritten on American Airlines notepaper
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).

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.

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