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Lennon's art may sel for pounds 150,000; School doodles at Beatles auction.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES_

CHILDHOOD doodlings by John Lennon are set to fetch pounds 150,000 at auction.

A school exercise book with illustrations of Lewis Carroll's The Walrus And The Carpenter poem is the star attraction at a Beatles sale.

The book, My Anthology, goes under the hammer at Madame Tussaud's in London on April 19.

It is one of three important pieces of Lennon and Beatle memorabilia being sold.

Others include a letter signed by Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during the acrimonious break-up of the Beatles, estimated at pounds 60,000, and a ship's log describing a sea voyage Lennon took in 1980.

The exercise book is owned by an unnamed schoolfriend of the former Beatle. It dates from 1952 and contains 10 pages of illustrations.

They include the Walrus and the Carpenter, which later inspired the 1967 classic I Am the Walrus.

Ted Owen, director of acquisitions at music auction house Cooper Owen, said: "It's a gorgeous item. There are illustrations of nine poems and of the Battle of Agincourt.

"What's so special about it is the drawings are in beautiful perspective and show a lot of talent."

The ship's log comes from the 44ft schooner the Megan Jaye. Lennon, whose father was a merchant seaman, chartered the ship in June 1980 and headed for Bermuda. But hours out of Rhode Island, it sailed into a tropical storm.

All the crew fell ill and Lennon steered them to safety, lashed to the wheel and reciting old sea shanties remembered from his Liverpool childhood.

The log is expected to fetch around pounds 20,000.

Among other lots are a Rickenbacker 12 string guitar owned by the Byrds' Roger McGuinn, and a St Christopher medallion worn by Elvis during the filming of Jailhouse Rock.

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Date:Mar 28, 2006
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