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Yoko Ono Launches John Lennon-Inspired Fashion Line

John Lamparski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Yoko Ono can now add fashion designer to her list of accomplishments.

The 79-year-old author, artist, musician and innovator unveiled her latest fashion campaign with Opening Ceremony, a global clothing brand with collections for women, men and children.

The concept behind Ono’s collection, titled "Fashions for Men: 1969-2012,” began when she met designer and Opening Ceremony co-founder Umberto Leon three years ago in Tokyo. When Ono presented her idea to Leon, he decided to join her.

This week, Ono launches her limited-edition fashion line, which includes 18 styles with 52 separate pieces. The pieces were inspired by a gift, including a series of drawings and sketches that Ono presented to her late husband, John Lennon, for their wedding in 1969.

“I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men,’ amazed at how my man was looking so great,” Ono said of her 1969 sketches. “I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod. So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod, and gave it to him as a wedding present.”

“You can IMAGINE how he went wild and fell in love with me even more!” she added. “My sophisticated, tasteful, and sensible friends across the world all scream — ‘We love it!’”

The collection includes jersey blazers, suit pants and hoodies, starting at $75.  New York City and Los Angeles stores have already stocked their shelves with the latest items.

“I think she just fell in love with John’s body and wanted to show off all of the parts of his body that she loved,” Leon told WWD. “There’s something so beautiful about that sentiment.”

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On This Day in 1980: Beatles Icon John Lennon Killed

David Farrell/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Beatles fans the world over are marking the 31st anniversary of John Lennon's death. The Beatles legend was shot and killed on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, outside of his New York City apartment.

Lennon and wife Yoko Ono were returning from the recording studio to their home at The Dakota when 25-year-old crazed fan Mark David Chapman shot him at close range.  Earlier in the day Chapman had been hanging around The Dakota with other fans and asked Lennon for an autograph.

When The Beatles broke up in 1970, John Lennon focused on humanitarian and social activism.  After the 1975 birth of his son Sean, John Lennon retreated from public eye to concentrate on his family.  John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s  1980 Double-Fantasy album was planned to be his comeback in the music scene.  Lennon was murdered just weeks after Double-Fantasy was released.

Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for killing Lennon and is serving his time at New York’s Attica Prison.

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When ABC’s Barbara Walters asked why he did it, Chapman replied with a straight face, “I thought by killing him, I would acquire his fame.”

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John Lennon's Letter on Beatles Split Headed for Auction

David Farrell/Redferns(LONDON) -- A letter from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney regarding The Beatles splitting up is headed for the auction block in Beverly Hills, California next month.

The Telegraph reports that in the letter, which is a draft of a reply to a letter from McCartney, Lennon calls McCartney a "four-letter swear word."  Lennon also takes full credit for starting the Fab Four, writing, "I'm not ashamed of the Beatles -- (I did start it all), but of some of the [expletive] we took to make them so big -- I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees -- obviously not."

Another statement Lennon makes in the letter attacks all the other Beatles regarding their treatment of Yoko Ono.

He writes, "I hope you realize what [expletive] you and the rest of my 'kind and unselfish' friends laid on Yoko and me."

Pictures of the two-page letter can be seen at The Telegraph's website.  The letter is expected to fetch up to $65,000 at auction.

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John Lennon's Letters to Be Published

David Farrell/Redferns(LONDON) -- A collection of previously unseen letters, postcards and drawings from John Lennon will be published in October of 2012.

The Guardian reports that Yoko Ono has given permission for the letters from her own private collection to be published in a book being put together by Hunter Davies, the official biographer of The Beatles.  The letters will be printed in the order they were written and reproduced in Lennon's handwriting.

So far, Davies has obtained 200 pieces of correspondence, but the book's publisher is also trying to find any other correspondence Lennon may have had with friends, family, fans or pen pals.  If you're in possession of such an item, they ask that you email them at 

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Lennon's Letters and Drawings to Be Featured in New Book

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Over 150 letters and drawings, all created by John Lennon, will be published in a new book, according to Rolling Stone

The book has no title but is expected to be released in October of 2012, the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do." 

The letters that will be published were written over the course of Lennon's life rather than at any one time.  Included in the collection are notes sent to record labels and newspapers, as well as with several pictures and drawings never before seen by the general public.

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John Lennon's First Car Up for Auction

Photo Courtesy - Bonhams(PARIS) -- The first car that John Lennon owned, a blue Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe, will be up for auction at Bonham's auction house in Paris on Feb. 5.

The car is expected to sell for anywhere between $155,124 to $219,759.  Lennon bought the car in 1965 after passing his driver's test.  He originally paid about $3,104 for the ride.

Last week, another former Lennon car sold at Bonham's: the 1972 green Chrysler station wagon in which Lennon and Yoko Ono tooled around New York City sold for $5,500.  Also, the white suit Lennon wore on the cover of the Abbey Road album went for a little over $45,000.

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John Lennon's 'Abbey Road' White Suit Headed for Auction

Photo Courtesy - Capitol Records(NORWALK, Conn.) -- The white suit that John Lennon wore on the album cover of Abbey Road is headed for the auction block on New Year's Day.

Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, Connecticut is holding the sale, which also includes the blazer that Lennon wore in the 1971 documentary for Imagine, and a Chrysler station wagon from Lennon and Yoko Ono's New York City home.  

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Fans Remember John Lennon on 30th Anniversary of Death

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday, Dec. 8 marks the 30th anniversary of the day John Lennon died.

The former Beatle was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City, where Lennon and wife Yoko Ono lived.  Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Chapman was taken into custody and ultimately sentenced to life in prison for the crime.  Earlier this year, he was denied parole for the sixth time.

Most of America learned of Lennon's death during that evening's Monday Night Football game on ABC.  Sportscaster Howard Cosell broke the news near the end of the fourth quarter.  Afterwards, an outpouring of grief and condolences came from everywhere.

Ironically, a day before his death, Lennon talked about how much he loved New York City because no one really bothered him.  He said, "I can head right out this door and go in a restaurant...or go to the movies.  I mean, people come up and ask for autographs but they won't bug you."

A vigil in John Lennon's memory will be held in his hometown of Liverpool, England Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. local time.  In addition, thousands are expected to gather at the Strawberry Fields memorial in New York's Central Park, across from the Dakota, to remember Lennon.

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'Rolling Stone' Releasing Lennon’s Last Interview in Entirety for First Time

Photo Courtesy - Rolling Stone/Annie Leibovitz(NEW YORK) -- Three days before he was murdered, John Lennon sat down with Rolling Stone magazine for what turned out to be his final interview, and spoke about having “plenty of time” to explore some of his life’s goals.

Now, Rolling Stone has released the entire interview, titled "John Lennon's Last Days," for the first time to mark the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death.  It will be on magazine stands Friday.

The Dec. 5, 1980 interview by Jonathan Cott was originally planned for a cover story of Lennon’s upcoming Double Fantasy album.  Portions of the interview were rushed into print by Rolling Stone after Lennon was killed.

In the interview, which Rolling Stone is also releasing in audio form on its website, Lennon blasts critics who expressed disappointment with his choices in music and life after The Beatles.  Lennon says, “These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists -- it’s like idol worship.  They only like people when they’re on their way up...I cannot be on the way up again.  What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean.  I’m not interested in being a dead [expletive] hero.”

Lennon predicted that Bruce Springsteen, who at the time was being hailed as the future of rock ‘n’ roll, would one day endure the same jabs from critics.  Lennon told Cott, “And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he’s no longer God...They’ll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.”

Lennon also spoke in the interview about two strong connections he’s made in life, saying, “I’ve selected to work with...only two people: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono...That ain’t bad picking.”

The former Beatle was also reflective about his fame and the status he’s achieved, saying, “I’m not claiming divinity...I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life.  I only put out songs and answer questions as honesty as I can...But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.”

In addition to the complete interview, Rolling Stone will also publish an essay by Yoko Ono, recalling her final days with her husband.

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Memorabilia from Lennon, Hendrix, Presley Goes on Auction

Photo Courtesy - Juliens Auctions [dot] com(BEVERLY HILLS, Calf.) -- Instruments, memorabilia and more from artists like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and others will go up for auction Friday and Saturday at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

Auctioneer Darren Julien says that the Icons & Idols auction has "something for everybody...whether you're a collector or fan of old Hollywood or of anything rock and roll." 

Lennon-related memorabilia up for sale includes hand-written lyrics, drawings and a jacket he wore during a 1966 Life magazine photo shoot.  Julien says that Lennon's jacket alone is estimated to go for "$150,000 to $200,000."

A guitar that Hendrix played when he was in The Velvetones will also be on the auction block, along with two guitars signed by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.  As for the King of Rock n' Roll, items from Presley include rare photographs, clothing, jewelry, and two handguns that he owned.

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