John Lennon's "A Matter Of Pee" Letter To Phil Spector Sells For Over $88,000

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published March 30, 2014


A letter written by John Lennon bearing the heading "A Matter of Pee" has just sold at auction for a whopping £53,000, or just over $88,000. The letter was written to Phil Spector at a recording studio between 1973 and 1975, and details an incident in which Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson allegedly urinated on a recording console at an unnamed New York studio. The incident took place in the "Lost Weekend" period of Lennon's life, during which he was separated from Yoko Ono.

The letter reads:

"A Matter of Pee
Phil -

See ye around 12:30!
Should you not yet know, it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console! We left at 11:30...

Jerry now wants to evict us, or that's what Capitol tells. Anyway, tell him to bill Capitol for the damage if any? I can't be expected to mind adult rock stars. Nor can May , besides she works for me, not A+M! I'm about to piss off to Record Plant because of this crap.


Although initially addressed to Phil Spector, Lennon later gave the letter to session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, who played on Lennon's albums Wall and Bridges and Rock and Roll.

The hand-written letter was sold to a private collector by British auction house Cooper Owen. It was originally expected to fetch between $6,600 and $9,900, but went for a remarkable $88,218.

Louise Cooper -- owner and managing director of Cooper Owen Music Media Auctions of London -- told The Telegraph why the letter is so unique:

"This is a rare note in that it mentions so many well-known figures from the era. Clearly John Lennon is blaming Keith and Harry for urinating on the console, and he also announces that he is about to leave the record company. It dates from an interesting time in Lennon's life around the infamous 'Lost Weekend' period. In it he seems quite irritated, especially when he says he can't be expected to mind adult rock stars. The note will be of huge interest to Lennon and Beatles fans around the world. And the provenance is excellent, coming as it does from Lennon's session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis."


Source: NME

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