LONDON (AP) — The British Library has been given letters and lyrics by John Lennon under a program that accepts donations of art and cultural artifacts in place of taxes.
The Arts Council says the papers include a letter adorned with sketches and verses written by Lennon to his friend and bandmate Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage at age 21 in 1962, before The Beatles achieved global fame.
Also donated were Lennon's handwritten lyrics to Beatles songs including "In My Life" and "Strawberry Fields Forever."
The items were donated by Beatles biographer Hunter Davies in place of $190,000 in taxes. Davies said he was happy to see the Beatles' papers in the library "next to the Magna Carta and works by Shakespeare and Beethoven" -- because he believes that's where they belong.
173-c-21-(Charles de Ledesma, correspondent)-"sure they belong"-Correspondent Charles de Ledesma reports that London's British Library expects to receive letters and lyrics by John Lennon in an arts-for-tax arrangement. (14 Nov 2013)
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172-v-32-(Charles de Ledesma, correspondent)--London's top library is being given letters and lyrics by John Lennon under a program that accepts donations of art and cultural artifacts instead of taxes. Correspondent Charles de Ledesma reports. (14 Nov 2013)
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