Wednesday 23 September 2015


A John´s school report could fetch £3,000 at auction.
The sheet came to light during a summer holiday in the 1970s, when a member of staff was told to clear out a storage room and to burn all the redundant old books.

He spotted the name “Lennon” at the top of some of the pages in one and tore them out. This is one of few to survive.
The owner, who has not been named, has now decided to sell the sheet through Sotheby’s at its Rock and Pop sale on Tuesday, when it is expected to sell for between £2,000 and £3,000.
The page is accompanied by a letter from Pete Shotton who describes Lennon as his “closest childhood friend”. They referred to each other as Shennon and Lotton.
Both started at Quarry Bank High School in September 1952. Shotton describes how as classmates for five years, they spent most of their time fooling around and receiving frequent detentions.

Dr Gabriel Heaton, specialist in book and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, said: “We were approached by the owner who asked if we wanted to sell it and we jumped at the chance. There is so much material related to The Beatles and John Lennon so it is great to have something like this which gives an insight to his character.It is not the surprising to learn that he wasn’t the ideal student and, from his inability to keep quiet and his impertinence, I think you get a strong sense of his character.“It is the first time it has ever been sold publicly and it is a difficult thing to value because it is unique. It could fetch a lot more.”

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