Lennon's "I'm Only Sleeping" lyrics to go on sale

Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:48am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "I'm Only Sleeping" will go on sale next month, Bonhams auctioneers said on Tuesday.

The lyrics, appearing on the back of a letter chasing payment for a radiophone bill, are expected to fetch 250-350,000 pounds ($400-560,000) when they go under the hammer at an entertainment memorabilia auction on December 15.

Also on offer are two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting and composing, with the prize for "She Loves You," awarded to the Beatles in 1964, expected to sell for 40-50,000 pounds.

The other prize is the 1968 best song award for "She's Leaving Home" which Bonhams estimates to be worth 15-20,000 pounds.

A personal list of expenses for May 1968 includes details of all domestic outgoings including doctor's fees for Lennon's son Julian and payments to his first wife Cynthia's mother. It has a pre-sale estimate of 10-15,000 pounds.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)