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Beatle news briefs: Lennon artwork auction; another Beatles 50th magazine

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A huge collection of John Lennon artwork will be auctioned by Sotheby's on June 4 in New York, according to the Hollywood Reporter on March 23. The auction house describes the sale as “the most extensive collection of John Lennon’s original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts ever to come to auction.” The collection comes from Tom Maschler, who worked with Lennon on the books “In His Own Write” and “A Spaniard in the Works.”

Another Beatles 50th magazine: Our good friend Kristen Tash told us about a Beatles 50th anniversary magazine she just found. “I went to Barnes & Noble on Sunday, and they had a new Fab 50th magazine, put out by The Daily Mirror, for $11.99. It has the same cover as the Time tribute mag, but the photo is in black and white instead of color. It's called 'The Beatles: Four Lads Who Shook America.' It covers the whole year of 1964, including their first visit, and then the first U.S. tour, and is 82 pages long with some photos we've seen before, and some that are unique (I think!). What's fun about this one is that it includes the so-called "lost diary" of Liverpool Echo reporter, George Harrison (who actually did have the same name as George!), as side bars on many of the pages.”

Ringo and Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh will both guest star on the new Kenny Wayne Shepherd album “Goin' Home” out May 20. The album will also feature Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph and Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson and marks his debut with Concord Records.

BBC radio show: BBC Radio 4 put up a podcast for the Beatles' 50th called “When Cassius Met the Beatles” which we kept forgetting to mention. So now we have. It's available free here.

On eBay: A black label copy of a stereo “Please Please Me” vinyl is going for £4,400 ($7,321) after 25 bids with four days to go.

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