For all the love the world has for him, John Lennon was an exceedingly complicated man, and this is evidenced in two long-lost letters currently for sale at RR Auction. While they vary in tone and content — one was written to Lennon’s ex-wife Cynthia and addresses highly personal subjects like his son, Julian, their divorce, and his relationship with Yoko Ono, while the other is an open letter to the media — both letters are dated November 15, 1976. Both also bear Lennon’s smiley-face signature and are written on “Lennono Music” stationary. The low estimate for the pair is $25,000.
The juiciest parts, of course, are in Lennon’s letter to Cynthia, which begins thusly: “As you and I well know, our marriage was over long before the advent of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono … and that’s reality!” Who among us hasn’t written similar words to an ex?
“You also seem to have forgotten that only two years ago, while I was separated from Yoko, you suddenly brought Julian to see me in Los Angeles after three years of silence,” Lennon writes. “During this visit, you hardly allowed me to be alone with him for one moment. You even asked me to remarry you and/or give you another child, ‘for Julian’s sake’! I politely told you no, and that, anyway, I was still in love with Yoko, (which I thought was very ‘down to earth’) … Finally, I don’t blame you for wanting to get away from your ‘Beatle’ past. But if you are serious about it, you should try to avoid talking to and posing for magazines and newspapers!”
Lennon was angry about excerpts from Cynthia’s memoir A Twist of Lennon, which were published in the British tabloid News of the World. While many Lennon fans argue to this day that Ono broke up his first marriage (not to mention the Beatles), Lennon was always adamant that this was not the case. LSD is, apparently, also absolved, just in case anyone was concerned about that.
Bidding ends today at 6 p.m., so if you’re the kind of person for whom the money needed to buy John Lennon’s personal letters is mere pocket change, then bid now or forever hold your peace.