Handwritten Lennon Lyrics to Be Auctioned in NYC

By | November 17, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A range of entertainment industry memorabilia – including John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Nowhere Man” – will be auctioned next week, auction organizers said on Friday.

Christie’s spokeswoman Margaret Barrett said the lyrics were expected to fetch between $80,000 and $100,000 at the auction in New York City on Tuesday.

Online auctioneers itsonlyrocknroll.com said they would put a fiberglass yellow submarine, displayed at the 1968 Los Angeles premier of the Beatles movie of the same name, on sale on Tuesday along with an unreleased, 26-minute Christmas message taped for fan clubs in 1965.

Christie’s sale also includes the best director Oscar won by Michael Curtiz for “Casablanca,” which is expected to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

The online auction, with items being previewed at New York’s Pier 94 antique show, closes on Dec. 9. Bids on the six-foot (two-meter) long mock submarine will start at $15,000, while the Beatles Christmas tape is expected to sell for about $25,000.

Also featured in the sale are Grammy Awards for best pop vocal performance won by Frank Sinatra for “Strangers in the Night,” and Paul Simon for “Still Crazy After All These Years.”