An angry letter written by Brit music icon John Lennon to Sir Paul McCartney and his then wife Linda, around the same time The Beatles were breaking up is headed to auction.
The undated, typed letter can be seen here and appears to show the bad blood between the two Beatles circa the time of the group’s formal split in 1971.
“Do you really think most of today’s art came about because of the Beatles? I don’t believe you’re that insane – Paul – do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up!” Lennon rails.
The two-page letter, which is unsigned and contains numerous typos, also depicts at photographic logo that shows Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono within a circle engaged in an almost-kiss.
The angry letter is expected to fetch between $40,000 to $60,000.
Yoko Ono recently posted a picture of Lennon’s bloodied glasses on Twitter and called for an end to gun violence. Lennon was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chapman in 1980.
Lennon’s missive to McCartney is just one of hundreds of historical items due to be sold in the online auction, which is scheduled for May 30.
Other notable artifacts in the collection include an anguished letter from movie siren Marilyn Monroe to her mentor Lee Strasberg.
“My will is weak but I can’t stand anything. I sound crazy but I think I’m going crazy,” Monroe wrote on Hotel Bel-Air letterhead stationery.
She added: “It’s just that I get before a camera and my concentration and everything I’m trying to learn leaves me. Then I feel like I’m not existing in the human race at all.”
Also headed to auction are letters sent from US general Dwight D. Eisenhower to his wife during the Second World War.
The 58 handwritten letters date from between 1942-45 and contain updates on the war and love letters from the Allied commander to his wife, Mamie.
The Eisenhower letters are believed to be among the largest group of his letters in existence and are expected to fetch up to $120,000 in the auction according to Joseph Maddelana, whose Profiles in History firm is behind the auction.
In addition, two large photo albums that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini exchanged before War World II will also go on the virtual block.
All the items in the collection belong to an anonymous American collector.
Before the auction takes place some of the pieces will be displayed at Douglas Elliman’s elite Madison Avenue art gallery in New York from April 8-16.