Lennon, John (1940 – 1980)
Lennon adds a crucifix to his name
A superb signed and inscribed copy of ‘A Spaniard in the Works’ by John Lennon. Lennon has inscribed the book on the first blank page for a bodyguard and chauffeur to the Beatles, Alf Bicknell. Lennon writes, in bold fountain pen ink, “To Alf the cunt, Keep smoking, John the (crucifix) Lennon”. Light age-toning, otherwise in very fine condition. An amusing inscription by Lennon who, by adding a sketch of a crucific in the middle of his name, appears to be making reference to his famous controversial comments in 1965 to an Evening Standard journalist, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink … We’re more popular than Jesus now—I don’t know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity”. Extremely collectible in this format. Comes together with typed provenance by Alf Bicknell’s niece, to whom the book was given as a gift.