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AN ARTWORK by John Lennon, RTWORK by John Lennon, depicting himself as Christ, is going up for auction.

"The Shroud of Tourin" was created in the autumn of 1966 after Lennon commented that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

The piece is estimated to be sold for PS75,000 at auction house CooperOwen.

In March, 1966, Lennon was quoted as saying: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll be proved right.

"We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but His disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."

" The comments provoked little reaction in the UK, butsparked large protests in America and Mexico, and Lennon's comments werepubliclydenounced by the Vatican.

The auction house said that the image's title, "Shroud of Tourin", is a reference to John Lennon's dislike of touring, as he had been on the road for years at that stage. It is claimed that the words on the shroud later morphed into the song, Strawberry Fields.

The canvas Shroud' shows Lennon wearing two pairs of glasses and a Batman symbol across his chest. He has his fists held in front of him, with 'love' and 'hate' written on the knuckles. To the left is a cross on a hill with a crown above it and the word "Elvis".

A letter written in 1977 claimed that Lennon drew the shroud after taking drugs and seeing an apparition of the Shroud of Turin. The letter, written by his friend, Lacey, said: "He was empowered to be John the individual instead of John the Beatle".

Louise Cooper, ownermanaging director of CooperOwen Music Media Auctions, of London, said: "The shroud is an astonishing relic, created by John Lennon at the height of his fame in 1966".

Among the other items at the auction is a cartoon portrait of Yoko Ono, by Lennon, with an estimate of PS17,000.

Ms Cooper added: "We are anticipating a lot of interest in the sale from around the world. This year marks the Beatles' 50th anniversary and Lennon's memorial falls on December 8th.

The auction will .take place in London on Monday, December 15.

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