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- Posted on Jan 21st 2011 8:45AM by Andrew Kerr
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Ono's move to sell the letters, which include notes Lennon wrote to record companies, newspapers and an eight-year-old boy, was prompted by Beatles' biographer Hunter Davies who persuaded the late singer's wife to share the material with fans.
Subsequently, the availability of the collection sparked a bidding war among publishers with the Orion Publishing Group eventually prevailing after a bid believed to be in excess of £500,000 ($794,660), The Guardian reports.
Said to give an unrivalled insight into Lennon's day-to-day life, the collection will hit the shelves in October 2012 -- the 50th anniversary of the release of Beatles hit 'Love Me Do.'
The deal, brokered by Davies, saw Orion beat off competition from a number of publishing houses. Alan Samson of Orion explained just why the collection sparked such interest.
"These letters have never been collected in one place before, and for the most part they have never been seen before. The other reason people have gone crazy for it is the fact that there are half a dozen icons of the 20th century -- Marilyn Monroe, Kennedy, Elvis -- and Lennon is one of them."
As for the content of the letters numbering over 150, Samson said, "They are full of wonderful drawings. They are funny, sad ... they are very human letters."