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John Lennon letter to The Queen valued at £60,000 in Liverpool

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 27/10/2016 Kaileen Gaul
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A letter from John Lennon to the Queen explaining why he returned his MBE was valued at £60,000 in a Beatles memorabilia day in Liverpool yesterday. 

The letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection of 45s, which was picked up for £10 at a car boot sale 20 years ago.

It was recently discovered in the owner’s attic who wishes to remain anonymous.

Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions who led the day at the Beatles Story said: “We’ll be doing some further research but this could be the Beatles find of the year. There is no doubt that the handwriting is definitely that of John Lennon.

“You can quite clearly see that the signature in this letter has been smudged. My theory is that John Lennon never sent this draft because of the smeared ink. If you’re writing to The Queen, you want the letter to look pretty perfect, you don’t want the ink to be smudged.

John Lennon © Rosy-Press/ullstein bild via Getty Images John Lennon “This suggests that he wrote a second version of the letter, which was the one that was actually sent to The Queen.”

Another signed find came from brothers Christopher and Paul Montgomery from Liverpool who had a programme signed by all four of The Beatles valued at £10,000. Also, Toni Dixon from Leigh and her siblings had a signed photo of The Beatles valued at £5,000.

In addition to a fab four signature, there is another Liverpool specific factor that makes the estimated price of memorabilia skyrocket.

Darren said: “Anything associated with the Cavern Club is highly collectable.”

Darren said he had sold individual bricks from the original Cavern Club for as much as £800.

A 1965 Beatles dress that was purchased for a few pounds and would probably sell on Ebay for £500-1000.

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