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John Lennon detention sheets sell at auction

Detention papers Credit: PA

A pair of detention slips from John Lennon's old school have told for eight and a half thousand pounds each at auction. The papers from Quarry bank high revealed he'd received three detentions in one day.

Reasons for punishment given by his teachers include "sabotage", "fighting in class", "nuisance", "shoving" and "just no interest whatsoever"..

The sheets cover the periods when he was in Class 3B between May 19 and June 23 1955, and in Class 4C from November 25 1955 to February 13, 1956.

Both fetched bids of £8,437 in an online auction held by Lancashire-based firm TracksAuction.com yesterday.

A fully signed copy of the band's The White Album was also sold for £136,800 - more than £50,000 above its estimated sale price - while a pair of cufflinks owned by Lennon sold for 310.937.

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John Lennon detention sheets up for auction

John Lennon report cards Credit: PA

A pair of John Lennon's detention sheets from Quarry Bank High School in 1955/56, Allerton will go up for on auction later this month. They're expected to fetch up to £3,000.

A few of the comments used to describe the Beatles legend included, ‘Idleness’, ‘Nuisance’, ‘Misconduct’, ‘Silliness’, ‘Shoving’ and ‘Just No Interest Whatsoever.’ On some occasions he managed to receive three detentions in one day.

John spoke candidly in 1968 about his first day at the grammar school in ‘The Beatles’, the group’s official biography by Hunter Davies. Hunter then wrote:

“John has a clear image of his first day at Quarry. ‘I looked at all the hundreds of new kids and thought, Christ, I’ll have to fight all my way through this lot, having just made it at Dovedale’."

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Rare Beatles guitar goes on show

A custom-made guitar used by Liverpool music legend John Lennon and his Beatles bandmate George Harrison was given a rare public outing ahead of its auction for upwards of £130,000.

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The rare VOX guitar played during The Beatles 1967 Magical Mystery Tour Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

The Vox guitar, with an unusually shaped wood-finished body, was made in 1966 and given by Lennon to a pal of the band, known as Magic Alex.

It is on public display in London until Saturday and will later be sent off to New York where it is being sold by Julien's Auctions on May 18.

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The rare VOX guitar played during The Beatles 1967 Magical Mystery Tour Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

The instrument is said to be one of only a few known to have been played by both guitarists.

A plaque on the reverse says: "To Magic Alex, Alexi thank you for been a friend."

It is being exhibited at the Stafford London hotel in St James's, London.

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