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Lennon artwork trove under hammer

John Lennon's drawings and manuscripts from his two acclaimed books are going on the auction block in New York today.

The items are being offered by Sotheby's, which says it is the largest private collection of the former Beatle's work to come to the market.

They are being sold by British publisher Tom Maschler, who 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, The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield, which has a pre-auction estimate of between 50,000 and 70,000 dollars (£30,000-£42,000).

Lennon was shot dead in 1980.

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