On Tuesday, January 8, PBS' Antiques Roadshow posted a preview of their Corpus Christi show online. In this episode scheduled to air on Monday, January 14, Laura Woolley from The Collector's Lab in Los Angeles appraised a book autographed by John Lennon for a long-time Beatles fan.
The unidentified woman says she was the president of the Beatles Fan Club in New York City and had the opportunity to travel to England and visit The Beatles in their homes. The woman had John Lennon sign a copy of his book, The Penguin, which was a compilation of his two poetry books, In His Own Write from 1964 and A Spaniard in the Works from 1965.
Not only did this lucky fan have John Lennon sign the book, but when visiting Paul McCartney, he offered to read a poem from John's book to her. The woman has a picture of McCartney reading the book and she also tape recorded Paul reciting the poetry.
With this unique background story or "provenance", Woolley appraised the autographed copy of The Penguin by John Lennon to be worth an estimated $3,000 to $5,000 if sold at auction.
You can watch the video of the John Lennon book appraisal on the PBS website.