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John Lennon Returned MBE Over Nigeria's Civil War

A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul; the anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool on Wednesday - and discovered it was worth about £60,000, it is believed that the text is a draft of the letter Lennon sent in 1969, which remains in the Royal archives.

 

He returned the MBE in protest at Britain's involvement in Nigeria’s civil war; the letter reads: "I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts."

 

Lennon, along with the other members of The Beatles, initially accepted the MBE when it was awarded in the Queen's 1965 birthday honours, but later returned it in 196, the letter was recently unearthed in the owner's attic, has been described as an "incredible find"

 

It was originally discovered inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection of 45s, picked up for £10 at a car boot sale 20 years ago; other items valued at the event include: a programme signed by all four of The Beatles, valued at £10,000, a red jet electric guitar, given as a birthday present, valued at in excess of £2,000, a painting of Ringo Starr, which was rescued from the original Cavern Club when it closed in 1973, was valued at £5,000. It was given to a cleaner at the club by a builder who was about to throw it into a skip.

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