Who’s got $50K? John Lennon’s original sketch of the famous ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album art is going up for auction

John Lennon’s original sketch for the famous Sgt. Pepper’s album art will be for sale at Julien’s Auctions’ upcoming auction in New York City.

The drawing was found in a sketchbook uncovered at Lennon’s former home in Surrey, England, where he lived with his first wife Cynthia from 1964 and wrote a large chunk of Sgt. Pepper.

Sgt pepper album sketch

Who’s got $50K? What is believed to be John Lennon’s original sketch of the famous ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album art is going up for auction.

Lennon was known for his cartoons and sketches. The early album artwork doodle features the famous bass drum emblazoned with the album title and the band in costume behind it.

“What we have here is nothing less than one of the most important artefacts in connection with the early development of what is considered by many to be the most important pop and rock album of all time,” Perry Cox, author of Official Price Guide to the Beatles and other books, told Daily Freeman.

It is estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $60,000 USD.


Although there is no definitive account of the album cover’s inception, it was previously thought that Lennon has little to no involvement in the early stages.

Wiki states that the “album cover was designed by the pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth from an ink drawing by McCartney“, not Lennon.

And as Daily Freeman report, Blake has said he recalled a “vague” conversation with McCartney, while Haworth said a “funny little sketch” by Blake was the earliest “representation of the cover” and followed a discussion among herself, her husband, McCartney and art dealer Robert Fraser.

Nonetheless, the sketch is believed to be Lennon’s and, as Perry Cox reckons, it is undeniably an incredible Beatles artefact.

As Rolling Stone report, along with the Sgt. Pepper sketch, the auction will feature other Beatles memorabilia including a Lennon-signed Please Please Me album cover, a George Harrison-signed Fender guitar used by himself and a program page from 1963, which all four Beatles autographed.

Got any spare cash?