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Rare John Lennon Artwork On Display at Century City Mall Today Through Sunday

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Calling all John Lennon fans! Here's your chance to see a rare collection of artwork by the former Beatle.

In conjunction with Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach, the Art of John Lennon is on display at Westfield Century City mall from today through Sunday. It's part of a traveling exhibition entitled American Tour (next stop: Seattle).

As the gallery states on its website, Lennon's first love was actually art—he was accepted into, and later thrown out of, the Liverpool College of Art, and even as a musician he continued to draw throughout his all-too-short life.

Featuring more than 120 artworks, the collection includes lithographs from the "Bag One" portfolio, each hand-signed by Lennon, including drawings depicting his wedding to Yoko Ono that were considered so obscene they were confiscated by the police.

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Other pieces—many of them never seen before in Los Angeles—span topics from the profound (handwritten lyrics to "Imagine") to the profoundly unchallenging ("A Cat Napping.")

According to the LA Times, full, intact editions of "Bag One" are considered rarities and are currently valued at around $130,000. That's despite the fact that when the collection first went on display in L.A. way back in 1970, the paper's own art critic, William Wilson, described the drawings as "skillful, witty and tender… One likes them but remains grateful Lennon is a musician."


The Art of John Lennon, Westfield Century City (next to Juicy Couture), Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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