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Yoko Ono Defends Lennon Art Sale

July 7, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Yoko Ono says she isn’t betraying John Lennon by selling his art works, because he always intended them to be sold.

That’s the word from her spokesman, Elliot Mintz, who said in Tuesday’s Daily News that Ms. Ono is being unfairly criticized by Julian Lennon, John’s son from his first marriage. The younger Lennon said selling off the former Beatle’s art ``is not what he is about.″

The former Beatle didn’t create these works, ``and sign and date them so they wouldn’t be seen or sold,″ Mintz said of Lennon’s drawings and lithographs, copies of which are selling for $400 to $12,000. ``During his lifetime, he personally released a series of lithographs and made them commercially available.″

Limited-edition copies of Lennon’s work are part of a show called ``Music for the Eyes: The Artwork of John Lennon,″ which is touring the country.

Besides, said curator Lynne Clifford, Ms. Ono isn’t profiting from the sales. Ms. Clifford said the proceeds go toward running the exhibit.

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