An angry letter that John Lennon sent to former bandmate Paul McCartney on November 24, 1971, goes under the hammer at online auction house Gotta Have rock and roll. The letter is expected to yield between 30,000 and 40,000 dollars (29,500 and 39,300 euros).By our news editors
Lennon wrote the letter the day after McCartney spoke about Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in Melody Maker magazine. He also spoke about breaking up the Beatles’ business partnership. At that time the band had already split up for about a year and a half, but financially there were still things to be settled.
The interview and letter came after McCartney sued the band. He disagreed with appointing band manager Allen Klein to lead the financial settlement, writes the New York Post.
In the letter, Lennon writes to McCartney in response, “If you’re not the aggressor (as you claim), why the hell did you sue us and publicly shit on us?”
According to the auction house, the letter “provides an incredible insight into John and Paul’s relationship, not just during the breakup and its aftermath, but truly the depth of their full-on friendship.”
For example, in the letter Lennon also mentions the song imagine, which he wrote himself and to which McCartney was dismissive. “It’s clear Lennon still cares about what Paul thinks of his writing,” the auction house said.
There are still 14 days to bid on the letter. The highest bid currently stands at 26,000 dollars (25,500 euros).