Our single-owner auction John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings And Manuscripts, 1964-65 was 100% sold bringing the outstanding total of $2,899,000, well over the $1.2m high estimate with a significant proportion of the lots receiving online bids. The sale was led by The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield, the manuscript of Lennon's bizarre and hilarious parody of Sherlock Holmes from his book A Spaniard in the Works published in 1965 which sold for $209,000 ($50/70,000), the work was just one of many manuscripts in the sale that soared over their high estimate. The drawing commanding the highest price was the Untitled Illustration Of A Four-Eyed Guitar Player which fetched $109,375, multiples of the $15/25,000 estimate.
This sale comprises the most extensive collection of John Lennon’s original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts ever to come to auction. The material relates to In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, the two books Lennon wrote and illustrated at the height of Beatlemania in 1964-1965. The collection was given by Lennon to the visionary publisher Tom Maschler, who had persuaded Lennon to write a book of his comic verses and worked closely with him on the production of the books, and comes directly from his private collection.