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Lot # 1124 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1975 John Lennon and Paul McCartney Dual-Signed MacLen Music Check

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $10,200

Highly desirable Paul McCartney and John Lennon dual-signed MacLen Music check dated September 1, 1975. The check, drawn on the National Westminster Bank Limited of London, is made payable to John Lennon in the amount of £96,154 and has been signed in blue ink by Paul McCartney (grading "10") and in green felt-tip pen by John Lennon ("8"), each in his capacity as a director of the company. MacLen Music LTD, which was formerly controlled by Northern Songs, was formed to publish McCartney's and Lennon's songs in the United States. Because McCartney and Lennon had been involved in a number of earlier contractual disputes regarding control of their songs, especially regarding publishing rights and royalties, MacLen Music had been established with the stipulation that both artists would be required to sign off on nearly every check issued by the company. This particular check appears to represent royalty fees paid to Lennon by the company, given the amount (£96,154 was equal to $200,327.25 in 1975) and the fact that it was issued on the first of the month. Lennon-McCarthy dual-signed MacLen Music checks are extremely rare and understandably have always been highly prized by collectors. The fact that his particular example is made out to Lennon makes it all the more desirable. The check (8 x 3.5 inches) displays a slight horizontal crease along the base, as well as a paperclip impression in the upper left corner. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $10,200

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