Imagine all the artwork: Lennon trove auctioned

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 1:09 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The whimsical drawings and manuscripts John Lennon produced for his two critically acclaimed books are skyrocketing past their pre-sale auction estimates.

Sotheby's is selling the 89-lot collection from Lennon's "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works."

"The Fat Budgie," a beloved nonsensical poem with the title written on the margin, went for $143,000 on Wednesday. It had been estimated to bring up to $35,000.

A handwritten manuscript called "I Sat Belonely" went for $137,000. It was expected to fetch up to $35,000.

A corrected typescript titled "Neville Club" sold for $10,000, within its presale estimate.

Sotheby's says it's the largest private collection of Lennon's work to come to market. The books' British publisher, Tom Maschler, has owned the material for a half-century.

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