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An untitled illustration of a boy with six birds by John Lennon. (Matt Dunham / The Associated Press)

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An untitled illustration of a boy with six birds by John Lennon. (Matt Dunham / The Associated Press)

NEW YORK -- A collection of John Lennon's drawings and manuscripts is going up for auction.

The You Might Well Arsk sale of the late Beatles star's material is scheduled to take place June 4 in New York, Sotheby's said. The items are being put up for sale by Tom Maschler, who had worked with Lennon on In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. Lennon wrote the books and created the drawings for them in the 1960s.

Among the items in the auction is a manuscript from 1965 called The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield, which is expected to sell for US$40,000 to US$60,000. Another is an illustration of a guitar player with four eyes, which Lennon created in 1964 or 1965. It has a pre-sale estimate of US$15,000 to US$25,000.

The auction comes in a high-profile year for Beatles nostalgia. Fifty years ago, in February 1964, the Beatles made their first live U.S. concert appearance. A piece of the stage backdrop will be up for auction April 26 in New York City.

Lennon was fatally shot in 1980 by Mark David Chapman, who remains in prison.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 24, 2014 D2

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