Cynthia divorce papers sale

John Lennon with his then wife Cynthia Lennon
John Lennon with his then wife Cynthia Lennon
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Divorce papers which detail the end of John Lennon’s marriage to Blackpool-born Cynthia are to go under the hammer.

The papers detail the couple’s acrimonious split after the Beatles star’s affair with Yoko Ono became public.

The documents are based on claims made by Lennon’s housekeeper at the Surrey mansion he shared with Cynthia.

They reveal how Lennon’s increased drug use and obsession with the Japanese artist took its toll on his marriage to Cynthia, who was born in a Blackpool B&B in 1939.

The papers are being sold, alongside a pair of the singer’s iconic glasses, later this month by Omega Auctions who expect the items to sell for a collective £20,000.

The divorce papers, only seen in public for the first time this year, consist of a five-page statement drafted by the solicitors who dealt with the Lennons’ divorce in 1968.

The document reveals what housekeeper Dorothy Jarlett saw while working at the Lennon family home, Kenwood, in Weybridge, Surrey.

In the papers, Mrs Jarlett describes how Yoko Ono would visit the country pile while Cynthia was on holiday.

The housekeeper described how she once made breakfast for Lennon, Cynthia and Yoko Ono after the Japanese singer stayed the night at the property.

She said: “Before Mrs Lennon went to Greece, I had seen Yoko Ono at the house twice. I had brought tea and coffee into the room and John and Yoko had always been chatting together.

“I had no reasons to suspect any illicit association. It appeared to me that she was rather more a friend of John; she always spoke to John and I never saw her talking to Mrs Lennon.”

She added: “On one occasion, I know that she stayed at the house overnight, but Mrs Lennon was there and I made breakfast for the three of them the next morning.”

She also described how Mr Lennon was ‘not keen’ to take Mrs Lennon out in public. Many of the Beatles’ groupies were unaware that Lennon even had a wife.

The marriage finally collapsed when Cynthia returned from Greece to find John and Yoko in bathrobes at their home.

The auction takes place on May 20 in Warrington.