Ono sells Lennon`s letters for USD 800,000

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 14:09 PM IST

London: Beatles legend John Lennon`s widow, artist Yoko Ono, has sold the publishing rights to a collection of his personal letters for USD 800,000.

Ono, has sold the publishing rights to a singular collection with more than 150 letters including notes Lennon wrote to newspapers and record companies and a missive he wrote to an eight-year-old boy, reported a daily.

The letters give an unrivalled insight into his daily life, character, concerns and hopes and run to hundreds of pages.

Ono owns the intellectual property rights to the letters, but was persuaded to sell them by the Beatles` biographer, Hunter Davies.

The international rights were bought by Alan Samson, of the Orion Publishing Group, who plans to publish the collection.

Orion saw off competition from all the big-hitting publishing houses who went to Davies`s home in Kentish Town, north London, to make their bids.

"For the most part they have never been seen before...They`re full of wonderful drawings. They are funny, sad and very human letters," said Samson.

PTI

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