• This image provided by RR Auction, of Boston, shows the top of the first page of a two-page typed draft with handwritten annotations from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney, written shortly after the Beatles' breakup. The letter, thought to have been written in 1971, sold at auction Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, for nearly $30,000. (RR Auction via AP)

    This image provided by RR Auction, of Boston, shows the top of the first page of a two-page typed draft with handwritten annotations from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney, written shortly after the Beatles' breakup. The letter, thought to have ... been written in 1971, sold at auction Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, for nearly $30,000. (RR Auction via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This 1971 file photo shows former Beatles singer and guitarist John Lennon at an unknown location. The draft of a two-page typed letter with handwritten annotations from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney, thought to have been written in 1971 shortly after the Beatles' breakup, was sold by RR Auction, of Boston, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, for nearly $30,000. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - This 1971 file photo shows former Beatles singer and guitarist John Lennon at an unknown location. The draft of a two-page typed letter with handwritten annotations from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney, thought to have been written in ... 1971 shortly after the Beatles' breakup, was sold by RR Auction, of Boston, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, for nearly $30,000. (AP Photo, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this 1971 file photo, former Beatles singer and guitarist Paul McCartney arrives with his wife, Linda, at function in London. The draft of a two-page typed letter with handwritten annotations from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney, thought to have been written in 1971 shortly after the Beatles' breakup, was sold by RR Auction, of Boston, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, for nearly $30,000. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this 1971 file photo, former Beatles singer and guitarist Paul McCartney arrives with his wife, Linda, at function in London. The draft of a two-page typed letter with handwritten annotations from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney, ... thought to have been written in 1971 shortly after the Beatles' breakup, was sold by RR Auction, of Boston, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, for nearly $30,000. (AP Photo, File) (The Associated Press)

Lennon's Beatles breakup letter sold at auction for $30,000

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An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney written shortly after the Beatles' breakup has been sold at auction for nearly $30,000.

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The two-page typed draft , with handwritten annotations by Lennon, was sold Thursday by Boston-based RR Auction.

RR says the letter is believed to have been written in 1971 in response to criticism Lennon received from Linda McCartney about his decision to not publicly announce his departure from the band.

The profanity-filled and sometimes rambling letter reads: "Do you really think most of today's art came about because of the Beatles? I don't believe you're that insane — Paul — do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up!"

The letter was sold to a collector in Dallas who requested anonymity.