John Lennon’s to-do list at the Dakota

Living at the Dakota Building in New York City, John Lennon wrote a to-do list on 22 May 1980 for his assistant Fred Seaman.

To-do list written by John Lennon, 22 May 1980

The list gives an insight into the often mundane concerns that occasionally filled Lennon’s thoughts during his househusband period, as well as some tantalisingly cryptic notes.

Written in black ink on 8.5×11.25″ yellow lined paper, it includes requests for books, a hook on the bathroom door, herbs for the cat, having the cars filled with fuel, replacing Sean Lennon’s mattress and waiting for the HBO repair man to arrive.

When he arrives YOU let him in … you tell him what to do. Yesterday they made an offer to attach F.M. radio (or something) — I’m not sure what they meant — but I suspect it would improve F.M. Radio reception — find out — maybe we do want it (I didn’t know what he was talking about).

The list was auctioned in December 2011 by the Gotta Have Rock and Roll website. Bidding started at $3,000 and was expected to go for between $4,000 and $5,000, but surpassed expectations and ended at $16,696.

Last updated: 9 February 2023
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