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Sgt. Pepper sketch to be auctioned May 20 in New York

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/27/2017 By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer
This image released by Julien's Auctions shows John Lennon's black and white drawing of the iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The drawing, discovered by the owners of the Weybridge house in England where Lennon lived from 1964-68, will be auctioned on May 20, 2017. (Julien's Auctions via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Julien's Auctions shows John Lennon's black and white drawing of the iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The drawing, discovered by the owners of the Weybridge house in England where Lennon lived from 1964-68, will be auctioned on May 20, 2017. (Julien's Auctions via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — An old sketch up for auction May 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan is a crude, ink-on-paper drawing of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" album cover. The artist is almost surely John Lennon.

Julien's Auctions says the drawing was discovered by a former resident of the Weybridge house in England where Lennon lived from 1964 to 1968. The artwork is clearly an outline for the "Pepper" cover, showing the Beatles gathered around a drum, the group's name spelled out in front of them and circles in the back that would be filled in by such famous faces as Bob Dylan's and Oscar Wilde's.

The drawing is undated. It could be a draft or an idle doodle from later on.

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