Two report cards that speak of the bad schooldays behaviour of ex-Beatle John Lennon, punished with detention for "fighting in class" and "sabotage" when he was 15 years old, were knocked down at auction for $13,804 each, TracksAuction.com reported Monday.
The British online auction, which rebroadcast the final bidding on its website this Sunday, sold the report cards for more than double the amount expected, it said. The disruptive behaviour of the composer, nicknamed the "class clown", is detailed in these original 1955 documents that were saved from a mass book burning in 1970 by a teacher at Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool where the singer studied.
Famous worldwide for such all-time hits as 'Imagine', Lennon was given detention as often as three times a day for "being a nuisance" in the classroom, "shoving" his schoolmates and having "just no interest (in class) whatsoever", the school reports say.
One of the two report cards was signed between May 19 and June 23, 1955, while the other records the musician's detentions between Nov 25 of the same year and February 13, 1956.
Besides this evidence of the composer's unruly youth was a signed copy of the ninth Beatles' album entitled "The White Album", for the colour of the disc's Pop Art cover, which went under the hammer for $223,831. At the same time, a pair cuff links Lennon wore once his schooldays were behind him went for $17,895.