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Lennon's doodles, drawings and nonsense poems to be sold in New York

By Julia Fioretti LONDON (Reuters) - The largest private collection of nonsense poems, doodles and comic drawings by the Beatles singer John Lennon will be sold in New York in June, auctioneer Sotheby's said on Friday. Ranging from gibberish descriptions of Lennon's native city Liverpool, in northern England, to a drawing of a "National Health Cow" in an apparent jab at Britain's national health service, the collection reveals a lesser known side of the celebrated British singer, who was shot dead in 1980.

John Lennon drawings, poems coming up for auction

The biggest private collection of John Lennon drawings, poems and prose ever to go to market will be sold by Sotheby's in New York on June 4, the international auction house said Monday. The items comprise the original material that appeared in two books by the late Beatle -- "In His Own Write," published 50 years ago this year, and "A Spaniard in the Works" that hit the best-seller lists in 1965.

Rio Carnival twist and shouts to Beatlemania

Beatlemania gripped the Rio Carnival on Monday as more than 130,000 revelers twist and shouted to samba versions of the Fab Four's greatest hits. Street band Sargento Pimenta -- Sergeant Pepper in Portuguese -- belted out more than three hours of Beatles classics as the five-day fiesta prepared to reach its climax on Tuesday. More than 100 musicians, including a whole battalion of percussionists, did more than just get by with a little help from their friends -- "John Lennon" and "Yoko Ono."

Yoko Ono asks Japan dolphin fishermen to stop

The Japanese widow of John Lennon on Monday added her voice to pleas to dolphin fishermen that they stop their hunt, days after the US ambassador to Tokyo waded into the row. Yoko Ono published an open letter to the men of Taiji, the small town made famous by the Oscar-winning film "The Cove" which depicts the annual bloodbath, in which she urged them to halt the cull for the "future of Japan".

John Lennon's report cards sell for $27,608

London, Dec 2 (EFE).- Two report cards that speak of the bad schooldays behavior of ex-Beatle John Lennon, punished with detention for "fighting in class" and "sabotage" when he was 15 years old, were knocked down at auction for 8,437 pounds ($13,804) each, TracksAuction.com reported Monday. The British online auction, which rebroadcast the final bidding on its Web site this Sunday, sold the report cards for more than double the amount expected, it said.

Lennon's schoolyard mischief revealed by auctioned files

School files detailing the adolescent wrongdoings of "class-clown" John Lennon fetched nearly £8,500 each in an online auction on Sunday. The pair of detention sheets revealed that the Beatle received punishment for "fighting in class", being a "nuisance", "shoving" and showing "no interest whatsoever" during his time at Quarry Bank High School for Boys in Liverpool, northwest England. The counterculture icon twice managed to accumulate three detentions in one day, according to files kept on Lennon during the 1955-1956 school year, when he was 15 years old.

Lennon featured in app that presents new format for music content

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Six months before he died, John Lennon set sail from Newport, R.I., on an ocean adventure to Bermuda that awakened his desire to make music again and is now being chronicled in an electronic format he could not have conceived of. A new app, "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes," is being offered for sale on Apple devices Thursday for $4.99. It's loaded with interactive features, music, photos and interviews that detail a relatively unexamined slice of the former Beatle's life.

Yoko Ono debuts peace exhibition in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - In Yoko Ono's new exhibition "War is Over (if you want it)" in Australia, the writer, artist and peace activist hopes to unite people to dream and work towards a better future through art. "It's what we can do to change society," Ono, the widow of Beatles frontman John Lennon, told a news conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney, where the show opens on Friday and runs until late February.

Football: Ono wants to finish career in Australia

Japanese star Shinji Ono wants to extend his contract with the Western Sydney Wanderers, which could see him finish his career in Australia's A-League, a report said on Monday. The 34-year-old, who has played for Japan 56 times and appeared in three World Cups, is in the final year of his contract and said he would be happy to sign an extension. "I want to stay as long as possible... I'm very happy," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Football: Ono wants to finish career in Australia

Japanese star Shinji Ono wants to extend his contract with the Western Sydney Wanderers, which could see him finish his career in Australia's A-League, a report said on Monday. The 34-year-old, who has played for Japan 56 times and appeared in three World Cups, is in the final year of his contract and said he would be happy to sign an extension. "I want to stay as long as possible... I'm very happy," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
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