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The 1965 Oxfam Xmas card.<br />
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And so this is Xmas...£30,000 estimate for Lennon's original fat budgie sketch - turned into an Oxfam Xmas card in 1965.<br />
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The late Beatle's pen and black ink sketch of the obese bird sat on a perch was actually designed for his book A Spaniard in the Works - a book containing nonsensical stories and drawings by him.<br />
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But after it was published Oxfam asked permission to use the rudimental sketch for its charity Christmas cards of the same year.<br />
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The work was actually entitled 'The fat Budgie' by Lennon, but because of its rotund shape it looks more like a robin which made it perfect for the front of a Christmas card.