Nate D. Sanders to Auction John Lennon Letter in Los Angeles

A John Lennon handwritten letter to a fan supporting Maharishi’s transcendental mediation movement will be auctioned at Nate D. Sanders’ Tuesday October 11, 2011 auction.

Lennon wrote to Jean, “You are searching for ‘something’ (truth) the same as everyone else – whether they know it or not.” He added that they were fortunate to meet Maharishi and that his methods are simplistic enough to be instructed by the teachers that he taught. Lennon concluded the letter by listing a London address for a transcendental meditation school.

The letter was written circa late 1967 at the height of the Beatles’ association with Maharishi as their spiritual advisor. The Beatles met Maharishi for the first time in London in August 1967 and would study with him in Bangor, Wales. In February 1968, they traveled to Rishikesh, India to receive meticulous training at Maharishi’s ashram. After five weeks, Lennon and George Harrison allegedly ended their association with Maharishi because he made sexual advances towards Mia Farrow.

An angry Lennon wrote the song “Maharishi” with the lyrics, “What have you done? You made a fool of everyone.” Harrison fearing libel charges and believing the song was disrespectful convinced Lennon to change the song’s title to Sexy Sadie.

Lennon’s letter is estimated to sell between $25,000 and $30,000.

The auction ends Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time. Bids can be placed online at www.NateDSanders.com or by phone at 310-440-2982.

An industry leader in documents and autographs, Nate D. Sanders has conducted auctions in Los Angeles since 1990 and now has a major auction on a monthly basis. Recently, Sanders has earned a reputation for his knowledge of sports and Hollywood memorabilia.

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