A 1971 letter from John Lennon to Eric Clapton is expected to cost up to $30,000 at auction next month.
Tempted? Don’t be — we’d recommend resisting the urge to spend the price of a pretty nice car on that piece of paper, because later this month, John Lennon’s estate plans to release an app consisting of 78 letters written by the former Beatle, including 10 letters that have never been made available to the public in any other form.
There’s no word on how much The John Lennon Letters app (iOS) will cost in U.S. dollars, but the British version will cost £6 ($9.60), and the hardcover book version (with additional letters) costs $20. One way or the other, it will be a way better bargain than bidding on the letters themselves at auction.
Besides, the app will come with nifty-sounding extras that paper cannot provide: “commentary and contex” by British author and official John Lennon biographer Hunter Davies; audio versions read aloud by the English actor Christopher Eccleston (a.k.a. Dr. Who); and a foreword by Yoko Ono. According to The Appside, the app will also ship with a curated playlist of Lennon’s music within iTunes and the ability to tweet Lennon’s letters to the world from within the app.