Lot #682
Beatles: Lennon, John

“I’m 40 next year - I hope life begins.” Tragically ironic words from Lennon as he writes from the Dakota
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“I’m 40 next year - I hope life begins.” Tragically ironic words from Lennon as he writes from the Dakota

ALS signed “John,” four pages, 7 x 8.5, 1979. Sentimental letter written to Lennon’s cousin in January of 1979, written on yellow lined paper decorated along the top with green palm trees, with three of the four pages decorated by Lennon, including a small self portrait caricature figure waving hello, pyramids and a camel. In part, “It’s snowing - outside the window in Central Park - I can see the plaza Hotel across the way - it’s beautiful…I’m exhausted (still) after Xmas/New Year and Thanksgiving…(by the way I’m a Pagan - a Zen Pagan to be precise - but that’s another story!) it looks as if we got our wires crossed on the newspaper story - i.e. Mimi (who else!) told me you were upset about something I said (supposed to have said) in the newspaper about myself - anyway enough of that - it’s obviously nothing - so let’s forget that which we cannot remember anyway!…Sean is a beautiful wise 3 yr old (born Oct. 9! in case you didn’t know) - what a handful one is - I don’t know how you manage all yours - well done! the fact that they have all their limbs & faculties is an accomplishment in itself!…I’m 40 next year - I hope life begins - i.e. I’d like a little less trouble and more - what? I don’t know, I sent Steve a Xmas card (up North) - I don’t know what’s wrong with him - is he resentful of me because I am not dumb or what!! I guess he was always jealous of you - anyway I still think it’s pretty mean of him - I heard a lot from him when he was piss poor - I shouldn’t be surprised after all the bastards I’ve met the last 40 yrs or so - If you’re ever in North Wales - look up Julian - he’s in Rutlin School - poor soul…I thought about you a lot this Xmas - the cottage - the record player - ‘Good Ship Lollipop’ - ‘I found My love on Treasure Island’ - the owl(s)? The shadows on the ceiling as the cars went by at night - putting up the paper-chains - even Norman turns into Santa Klaus in my memory! (muttering in the chair by the fire)…Lots of love, to all of you, I’m sure we’ll see each other v, soon - somewhere or other - I’m almost scared to go to England ‘coz I know it would be the last time I saw Mimi - & I’m a coward about goodbyes.” After his signature, to which he adds his small spectacled caricature, he adds, “Love from Sean & Yoko.” In fine condition, with a few small areas of ink spotting on the last page, due to moisture, not affecting signature or caricature. A very insightful and sentimental letter written one year before his tragic death, this letter was originally sold by Christie’s of London. COA Roger Epperson/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #311 - Ended July 19, 2006