A handwritten letter by John Lennon sold for a whopping $28,000 on Thursday night at an RR Auction in Boston. The letter, written in 1971 on Apple Records stationary, was addressed to Joe Franklin, a New York television host. The heartfelt letter revealed that Lennon was one of his wife, Yoko Ono’s, biggest fans, and in it, he praises the album she had just released, entitled Fly.
Lennon writes, “Of course Yoko can explain her music better in person, this is a kind of introduction. For something rather more ‘straight,’ a track called ‘Mrs. Lennon’ on Fly is an example of her more conservative side.” He continues, “She was trained as a classical musician, and took music composition in Sarah Lawrence College as her major. It’s far out, but don’t let it frighten you.”
Joe Franklin, however, seems anything but frightened by neither Yoko Ono, nor Lennon, recently stating, “Yoko was on my show nine times. John Lennon was on three times. Yoko was only with him one of those times. Part of his whole thing was to convince her to be confident enough to do it on her own.” The late Lennon had expressed his appreciation for his wife’s musical influence over his work in many interviews, and this letter seems to be one of his ways of returning the favor.
In addition to the letter, there were nearly 350 other items of rock memorabilia sold, many, but not all, being Beatles-related. $16,000 was paid for a collection of 1969, Beatles-signed stock transfer sheets. This high price tag comes as no surprise, as anything signed by the band during this time period is considered to be quite rare.
Amongst the other items sold was a Crosby, Still and Nash gold record, as well as a piece of sheet music for “Stairway to Heaven” signed by Led Zeppelin. When classified by band, the auction was a successful night for the Ramone’s, in particular. Their items racked up over $65,000, with a stage-used Fender bass guitar of Dee Dee Ramone’s selling for around $38,000, making it the highest-valued ticket item of the night. Other items of theirs include a pair of leather pants and a leather jack that sold for around $7,000 apiece.