Second collage inspired by Yoko’s PAINTING TO SEE THE SKIES ?
ORIGINAL COLLAGES MADE BY JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO FOR ELTON JOHN’S BIRTHDAY. 1975.
Two pieces (14 7/8 x 10 7/8 in; 350 x 277 mm).
Signed by John and Yoko on front and reverse, titled, dated Tuesday March 25/75 and annotated by Lennon, monochrome and coloured printed paper, machine-print and photograph collage, the front comprising a colour photographic ground to which Lennon has pasted various cut-out images, birthday messages and colour snap-shots, the reverse on the fitted card interior of the perspex box frame; the front signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in black felt pen on a publisher’s book order coupon for Pumping Iron attached to the bottom right corner, the coupon additionally inscribed by Lennon giving his City as: Yes, State: Hi and Zip:Up;
The white box probably made to hide the collage, has four holes with instructions for use: “To remove, place fingers in hole, spread sides and pull out” with the picture of a naked man, a guest pass fo Elton John Tour, a picture of Elton John, the 1975 horoscope for Aries and an advert for diapers, inscribed in Lennon’s hand with the title and date and the message …happy birthday dear Elton from John and & Yoko, above Lennon’s self-portrait caricatures of their smiling faces.