Angry letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney to go under the hammer

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The Beatles in 1963, including Paul McCartney (far left) next to John Lennon Photo: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A draft letter which exposed the tensions between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, thought to have been written in the 1970s, is expected to reach £40,000 when it goes to auction.

The direct two-page letter, written on personalised stationery which features a picture of Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, is addressed to Paul McCartney and his wife Linda.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"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 writes.

The letter, which is expected to reach between £26,000 and £39,000, will go on sale in an online auction on May 30.

A similar letter by Lennon to the McCartneys, discussing the end of The Beatles, was auctioned at Christie's in London last October but failed to reach the £63,000 reserve price.

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