Lot #21
John Lennon

Rare early handwritten letter, featuring a seldom seen hand-drawn Beatles bug logo

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Rare early handwritten letter, featuring a seldom seen hand-drawn Beatles bug logo

Very early ALS, signed “John Lennon xxx,” one page on an unfolded envelope, 5.5 x 9, no date, but postmarked July 28, 1963. Lennon writes to Bridget. In full: “Thanks for your letter and photo. As you see I have no paper. See you soon I hope.” Accompanied by the original envelope, which bears the initials “JB” drawn by Lennon with the addition of whimsical beetle antennae. In very good condition, with light overall creasing and wrinkling, a bit of mild soiling, adhesive remnants to the edges, a couple small staple holes and toning to edges.

The group had just concluded a six-night residency at the Odeon Theatre in Somerset when this letter was dispatched to Bridget Emmerson, a Beatles fan who most likely took in the group's concert on June 26 in her hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Lennon's hand-drawn antennae above the 'JB,' presumably meaning 'John Beatle,' on the back of the return envelope is a reference to the first Beatles logo to grace the front of Ringo Starr's Premier bass drum head. The Beatle 'bug' logo design was executed by local Liverpool graphic artist Tex O'Hara in late 1962, who recalled, ‘We played around with different ideas to find out which ones they liked...They settled on one logo, which was put on a piece of linen and stretched across the front of the drum.’ The logo remained in use until June 1963 when Ringo took delivery of his Ludwig kit with the soon to be famous 'dropped-T' Beatles logo emblazoned across the drum head. The addition of Lennon’s art with a direct Beatle connection makes this already desirable letter all the more appealing! Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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  • Auction Title: Modern Music
  • Dates: #382 - Ended January 26, 2012

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