1970 John Lennon Signed Check

Sold For: $4,406

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1595

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Business check, issued by Maclen (Music) LTD, signed by John Lennon (1940-1980) just months after the breakup of The Beatles in 1970. The check, dated 6/3/70 and drawn on the District Bank Limited of London, is made out to "The Post Office" in the amount of "seventeen pounds, eleven shillings, and nine pence." It is flawlessly signed in black felt-tip pen (grading "10") by Lennon at the bottom. Maclen was the music publishing company founded jointly by Paul McCartney and John Lennon in the 1960s. John Lennon signed checks are not only extremely rare (this is the first we have ever offered) but also highly prized by collectors for many reasons, including the inherent authenticity they provide with regard to the signature. This particular check is also accompanied by a one-page letter of authenticity from world-renowned Beatles authenticator Frank Caiazzo. John Lennon is one of the most important and influential musicians of the twentieth century whose tragic death in 1980 at the hands of a disturbed gunmen has since elevated his status to that of cultural icon. Because of both his popularity and early demise, the demand for John Lennon signed items today far exceeds the supply. Accordingly, the economics of that situation has resulted in his signature being one of the most commonly forged in the hobby. For that reason, Lennon's signature on a check represents a particularly ideal form for many collectors. The check (8 x 4 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, as well as a light vertical fold, two tiny edge tears, and a staple hole in the upper right corner, and a few light surface wrinkles; all flaws are minor, of little or no consequence, and the check is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. This is an exceptional Lennon signed check dating from the days in the immediate wake of the breakup of the Beatles, and the dawn of John Lennon's solo career. Additional LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,406

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