Beatle-signed magazine for sale

AMHERST — A 1966 magazine signed by John Lennon containing his remark that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus is being auctioned by a local company.

Lennon signed his name “John C. Lennon” above his photo in the September 1966 Datebook, even though his middle initial is W. for Winston.

“Christianity will go,” Lennon said. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first — rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”

The comment provoked much anti-Beatle sentiment in the United States, where people were urged to “ban the Beatles” and burned their Beatle records.

The online auction by RR Auction in Amherst runs through Wednesday. The final sale price wasn’t available at The Cabinet’s deadline.

— The Associated Press