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By Damilola Faustino

A sketch drawn by Beatles’ John Lennon depicting himself as Adolf Hitler has sold at an auction for $54,000.

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The portrait was drawn during a period of time where Lennon was attending Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s.

According to reports, the controversial drawing is part of a large sketchbook look that makes liberal use of Nazi iconography mixed with the likeness of the Beatles members.


The sketch is an ink doodle which situates Lennon behind a podium with his arm raised in a Nazi salute. In the bottom-right corner, words read: “Heil John, Heil John, Heil John, Heil”.

President of the memorabilia dealer, Gary Zimet said: “He drew these when he was a college student, and the fact that he even thought of depicting himself as Hitler is weird. Original Lennon drawings are very desirable and they are ultra-rare”.

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