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John Lennons brutal breakup letter to Paul McCartney: You st around us

John Lennon couldnt allow it be.

An angry letter compiled by the rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is likely to fetch around $40,000 at auction.

The three-page diatribe was composed by the Imagine hitmaker in November 1971 18 months following the spectacular breakup of The Beatles.

Bidding on the letter, that is open via the music memorabilia site Gotta Have Stone, currently stands at $22,000.

At that time he sent the typewritten letter, Lennon then age 31 was furious with McCartney over an interview he did weeks earlier with music magazine Melody Maker.

The duo long had a turbulent relationship, but tensions had boiled over after McCartney sued The Beatles following their split in 1970. In the suit, McCartney sought the dissolution of the bands contractual partnership after Lennon and bandmates Ringo Starr and George Harrison appointed manager Allen Klein to preside over their financial affairs.

Its all perfectly playing simple, honest ole human Paul in Melody Maker [but] if youre not the aggressor (as you claim), who the hell took us to court and st around us in public areas? Lennon aggressively asked in the letter.

Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship. The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963.
Lennon and McCartney had an extended and complicated relationship. The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963.
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The Beatles posing together in 1965. From left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles pose together in 1965. From left to right: George Harrison, Lennon, McCartney and Ringo Starr.
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An angry letter written by the rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.
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The pair's frosty relationship thawed in subsequent years, but they never played publicly together again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when came to visit his former bandmate in New York City.
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The pair's frosty relationship thawed in subsequent years, but they never played publicly together again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when came to visit his former bandmate in New York City.
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As Ive stated before maybe you have thought you may possibly be wrong about something? he tartly added.

Your conceit about us and Klein is incredible, the rocker further declared, defending Beatles bandmates Starr and Harrison.

While a lot of Lennons grievance targets the financial fallout following a Beatles split, he also blasts McCartneys politics, accusing him to be a closet conservative.

At that time, Lennon was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War and had just written his peace anthem Imagine. In the Melody Maker interview, McCartney had hit out at Lennons songwriting, saying there is an excessive amount of political stuff.

Your politics have become much like [conservative activist] Mary Whitehouses, Lennon sniped in his correspondence. Saying there is nothing as loud as saying something.

Paul McCartney poses with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather are pictured in 1971.
McCartney poses along with his wife, Linda, and their children, Mary and Heather, in 1971.
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Lennon and wife Yoko Ono are pictured in 1970, a year prior to the writing of Lennon's letter.
Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, are pictured in 1970, per year before the writing of Lennons letter.
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Lennon also defended his relationship with wife Yoko Ono who is definitely accused of splitting up The Beatles.

The bit that basically puzzled us was asking to meet up WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO I thought youd have understood right now that Im JOHNANDYOKO,’ he wrote.

However, the superstar signed off his letter by saying there have been no hard feelings.

I understand we basically want exactly the same, so when I said on the telephone and in this letter, once you desire to meet, all you need to accomplish is call, Lennon concluded.

Lennon is pictured in 1971, the same year he penned the letter. The Beatles split the year prior.
Lennon is pictured in 1971, the entire year he penned the letter. The Beatles split the entire year prior.
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The pairs frosty relationship thawed in subsequent years, however they never played publicly together again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when found visit his former bandmate in NEW YORK.

The duo continued to chat on the phone before Lennons assassination in 1980.

In the years since, McCartney has often discussed his fraught relationship with Lennon, whom he met as a young child.

The GET TOGETHER crooner raised eyebrows back 2018 when he admitted they once masturbated together throughout a night with other male pals.

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