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Nov 12 2012 8:10AM
John Lennon’s letters being made into an app
Legendary musician John Lennon. Picture: Getty Images
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Serious fans of the legendary musician John Lennon will now be able to browse over 70 of his private letters thanks to a forthcoming iOS app,.

According to a report by Digital Music News, the app will feature 78 letters from Hunter Davies' book The John Lennon Letters plus a further ten pieces of correspondence which are exclusive to the app.

In addition to this material, which the report claims users will be able to "cut, paste, email, comment, and tweet," the app also features a selection of audio readings from actor Christopher Eccleston and a selection of Beatles music.

A handwritten letter by John Lennon. Picture: AFP

This application, obviously aimed at more-than-casual Lennon fans, is one of several to be dedicated to the singer, with others including John Lennon QuickQuotes ($0.99), John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (free) and simply John Lennon ($0.99), which features some of the musician's musings.  

Rare John Lennon letter to Eric Clapton up for auction

John Lennon held out the promise he could bring out more musical greatness in legendary guitarist Eric Clapton in a letter that could fetch as much as $30,000 when it is sold at auction next month, the organizers of the sale said on Monday.

The signed, hand-written letter by the Beatle, who died in 1980 at the age of 40, is one of a selection from some of the world's great musicians that will go under the hammer in Los Angeles at the Profiles in History auction on Dec. 18.

In a draft letter dated Sept. 29, 1971, Lennon expressed his respect and admiration for British guitarist Clapton and suggested that they form a band together.

"Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music. I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us, which I know will happen if/when we get together," Lennon wrote in the letter.

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The letter will hold special significance for Beatles fans as auctioneer Joe Maddalena said it was widely known that there were problems in the Fab Four's relationships with each other, and that Clapton had almost become a Beatle.

Clapton played in the Plastic Ono Band, formed by Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 before the breakup of the Beatles in 1970. He also played on the George Harrison song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", which was on the Beatles' White Album.

"There was a point in time when George Harrison thought about leaving the band and his replacement was Clapton, so this letter is a link of what could have been," Maddalena said.

The letter is one of 300 manuscripts and letters from literary, musical and political greats, that will be auctioned from the holdings of an American collector.

"What we know of history is from the written word, without these letters, it would all be verbal. It's a really unique area of collecting as you're getting a glimpse into people's minds," Maddalena said.

Other highlights include a handwritten letter from George Washington, with a pre-sale estimate of up to $300,000, and a Charles Dickens manuscript with an obituary of novelist William Thackeray, expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000.

Also on the auction block is a signed, handwritten letter from German composer Ludwig van Beethoven to Tobias Haslinger, a friend of his publisher, in which the musician discussed the second performance of his Ninth Symphony and the Missa Solemnis, two of his most revered works.

The letter, written in German, is undated, but both the Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis debuted in performances in 1824. Because of the rarity of the letter, it is estimated it will sell for between $40,000 and $60,000.



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