John Lennon’s Angry Letter Fetches $30,000 at Auction

By Robyn Collins

A scathing letter from John Lennon recently hit the auction block. The letter, believed to have been written in 1971, went for $30,000 to the highest bidder, according to Billboard.

The typed two-page letter with hand-marked edits written by Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney addresses Lennon’s part in the Beatles’ breakup, and reveals that there was more to the story than originally thought.

In the letter Lennon accuses the McCartneys of asking him not to go public about his break from the band for financial reasons.

Related: John Lennon Letter to Paul McCartney Addresses Yoko/Beatles Rift

The impassioned writer calls out Linda McCartney, in particular, saying, “I’ll forgive Paul for encouraging the Beatles — if he forgives me for the same — for being — ‘honest with me and caring too much!’ F—ing hell, Linda, you’re not writing for Beatle book!!!

“I’m not ashamed of the Beatles — (I did start it all)—but of some of the s— we took to make them so big — I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees — obviously not.

“Do you really think most of today’s art came about because of the Beatles?—I don’t believe you’re that insane—Paul—do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up! Didn’t we always say we were part of the movement—not all of it?—Of course, we changed the world—but try and follow it through—GET OFF YOUR GOLD DISC AND FLY!”

Read the letter in its entirety.

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