Prominent circa 1976 ballpoint signature, “John Lennon,” on an off-white 5.75 x 4 slip. In fine condition, with a fold across the bottom edge, trivial skipping to beginning of signature, and a PSA/DNA label affixed to the lower right corner. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
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Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Beautifully signed on a free end page in blue ballpoint, “John Lennon,” and in black ballpoint, “Ringo Starr.” Autographic condition: fine to very fine. Book condition: VG-/None. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. This literary effort, comprised of nonsensical, disjointed short stories and line drawings, was Lennon’s first published work and the first solo effort of any of the Beatles—a great showcase of his creative talent. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Perfect vintage red ballpoint signature, “John Lennon,” on an off-white 6.75 x 4 album page. In very fine condition. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Limited edition 28 x 22 lithograph entitled ‘Honeymoon’ from Lennon’s Bag One Portfolio, numbered 215/300, signed in the lower right corner in pencil by Lennon. In fine condition, with a couple of minor edge dings. In 1969, as a wedding gift for Yoko, John drew the ‘Bag One Portfolio’—a chronicle of their wedding ceremony, honeymoon, and their plea for world peace in the Bed-In. The complete set of Bag One lithographs is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An attractive image and one of the more mellow pieces of the series. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “To Susan, Lots of love from John Lennon xxx,” adding a sketch of an unusual face under his signature. Front pastedown is signed and inscribed by songwriter Lionel Bart. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. Signature may very well originate from the Foyles Luncheon which was held in honor of the book’s publication, as Bart was in attendence as well.
A pair of Lennon’s personally-owned and -worn eyeglasses. Silver-finish wire rim glasses have clear oval frames and are shadow-boxed and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 11.25 x 12.5. The glasses were originally presented by Lennon to musician and entertainer Victor Borge, who provided piano work for Lennon in the 1970s and kept the glasses in his personal collection until 1974, when he sold them to a wealthy Massachusetts family following his performance at their private anniversary celebration. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from one of the family members, Glenn Davis, which reads, in part: “I, Glenn Davis, hereby certify that this pair of Eyeglasses (Silver framed spectacles with oval clear lenses) originally owned and worn by the late John Lennon of the Beatles…were obtained by the late Victor Borge and were sold to my family on July 2, 1974 by Mr. Borge. As witnessed by a very large gathering at my late parents wedding anniversary on July 2, 1974 at Woodland Country and Golf Club…Mr. Borge personallypresented these glasses owned and worn by John Lennon to us as a gift to my mother.” Also accompanied by copies of the receipt for the glasses from Borge’s manager, Borge’s appearance contract, photos of Borge at the event and other related documentation. In fine condition, with expected wear. Lennon first began wearing this particular style of eyeglasses in the late 1960s, and wore them in countless appearances and photographs. A very scarce piece of rock and roll history, accompanied by impeccable provenance, that helped to shape Lennon’s public identity. RR Auction COA.
Rare program for the Seventeenth Annual Grammy Awards, held in 1975, 8 x 10.25, signed vertically on the cover in blue ballpoint, “John Lennon ´75,” adding a quick self-portrait caricature; and also signed in black felt tip, by David Bowie “Bowie ´75,” and Ann-Margret. Matted and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 14.5 x 19.25. In fine condition, with a bit of mild soiling and light handling wear. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL. Lennon, along with Paul Simon, presented Olivia Newton-John her Record of the Year award for ‘I Honestly Love You.’ At the end of their segment both Lennon and Simon jokingly asked if they would be reuniting with their respective musical partners. RR Auction COA.
Terrific vintage ballpoint signature, “John Lennon,” on an off-white 4.25 x 2.5 album page, signed during the summer of 1963. Unobtrusive vertical and horizontal folds passing through the very top and last letter of the signature, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Original poster included in Lennon’s Imagine album, 22 x 31, signed and inscribed to comedian and activist Dick Gregory by Lennon, “To Dick & Lill and all the Gregories! Love from John &,” to which Ono has added, “Yoko.” Lennon has also drawn his famous self-portrait caricature below the signatures. Expected intersecting folds, some light surface marks to the upper right, two tack holes to the upper border, four central tack holes, and a small piece of tape to the lower border, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo. Gregory was a longtime friend of Lennon who credited himself as a backing vocalist on ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ He was an avid vegetarian, and Lennon, wishing to get off opiates and alcohol, asked Gregory to devise a special diet for the purpose. An excellent association piece between socially conscious entertainers. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.