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Lennon’s Drawings Show in London

September 7, 2001

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LONDON (AP) _ Thirteen drawings by John Lennon went on public display for the first time as part of a new exhibition to highlight the former Beatle’s artistic talent.

The sketches, on loan by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, are part of a larger display at a London gallery of 150 images created by Lennon between 1968 and 1980.

``The pictures show John’s love for his family and attitude toward everyday life,″ said exhibition organizer Jonathan Poole. ``They are amusing. They are meant to be funny and they shouldn’t be taken too seriously.″

The exhibition’s main attraction is a sketch, ``Multiple Self Portrait,″ which is made up of tiny line drawings. Other sketches show Lennon and his wife’s famous ``bed-in″ when they spent a week in bed in 1969 in a public appeal for world harmony.

Another sketch, ``I’m One of Your Biggest Fans,″ depicts Lennon chatting to a female fan on a New York street. It was drawn a year before Lennon was fatally shot outside his New York City apartment in 1980.

A selection of colorful children’s pictures that Lennon drew for his son Sean are also on display.

The exhibition, which is free to the public, is being held at Harbour Yard. Some of the prints are for sale at prices ranging from $653 to $5,800.

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