Drawings and writings by famed Beatle John Lennon were quickly sold, with some fetching four to five times their estimated worth.
Sotheby’s which held the sale had described the often very simple ink sketches and manuscripts as “the most extensive collection of John Lennon’s original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts ever to come to auction.
“And that appeared to motivate moneyed buyers, who snapped up the 89 lots on offer in just two hours.”
Estimated to be worth $850,000 to $1.2 million, the pieces ended up pulling in $2.899 million – including 25 percent in buyer fees, an amount not included in value estimates.
They came from the private collection of London publisher Tom Maschler, creator of the Booker prize.