John Lennon detention slips expected to raise thousands at auction

Posted on 11 November 2013
By James McAllister
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A pair of John Lennon’s detention slips from his childhood school Quarry Bank High School have been uncovered and are due to go to auction later this month with.

The sheets were uncovered at the school by a member of staff when burning old books and are set to make between £2,000 and £3,000.

Spanning two years of Lennon’s time at the school. The detention sheets show he received punishments for “sabotage”, “fighting in class”, “nuisance”, “shoving” and “just no interest whatsoever”, receiving three detentions in one day on two separate occasions.

According to the online auction site, the member of staff recognised the Lennon name and quickly tore the sheets from the book as a personal keepsake.

Only two sheets remain from the book after others were either given away or fell prey to an unfortunate chemical spill.

Pete Shotton, Lennon’s childhood friend, has authenticated the detention slips that show the rock legend enjoyed playing the “class clown”.

Peter Beech, Lennon’s general science teacher at Quarry Bank High School, said: “The sheet is typical of John Lennon, he was an extremely cheeky boy. He did, however, know his limits. In the classroom, if you settled John down, you generally settled the class down.

The sheets are due to go to auction later this month among other Beatles memorabilia. Also due to appear at the online auction is an unpublished sketch by Lennon and a signed copy of the White Album that is set to fetch between £60,000 – £80,000.