A personal autograph letter by John Lennon signed, "Lots of love John Lennon x", responding to a fan's inquiry about transcendental meditation has come up for sale at Nate D Sanders auctions.
The Beatle writes in an encouraging and unassuming manner, clearly happy to connect with a stranger about a subject he felt passionate about. The letter is undated, but there's reason to think it was written in late 1967.
It reads: "Dear Jean, Thank you for your letter. It makes complete sense to me - you are searching for 'something' (truth) the same as everyone else - whether they know it or not.
"We have been lucky in meeting Maharishi - but his method is simple enough to be taught by the teachers he has taught. We are continuing our 'lessons' with these English teachers and I suggest you get in touch with them and find for yourself a nice bit of inner peace."
The address is over-leaf. "S.R.M. Foundation of Gt. Britain / 20 Grosvenor Place / London, S.W.I. / England / Lots of love, John Lennon x. Try it - it really works and it's easy."
The double-sided letter on blue writing paper measures 5.5" x 7" and is accompanied by both an original stamped addressed envelope postmarked Weybridge 6 September 1967 and a letter from "Jean," explaining that as a Beatles fan she wrote to John Lennon asking about transcendental meditation, having gotten his address from her employer, a florist who had a contract with Brian Epstein's offices.
She included a stamped addressed envelope, as was the way, in the hope it would encourage Lennon to reply. A lovely handwritten letter by Lennon displaying his accessibility and personal values of self discovery it is in near fine condition with still bold writing.
The letter is expected to achieve $25,000-30,000 in the sale, which closes on October 11, and it has already had a bid of $7,400.
Items autographed by the star, such as this Lennon signed card we have in stock are particularly coveted by collectors as the value of his signature has increased by nearly 800% since 2000 (as you can see on the PFC40 index).
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