Nightly News   |  March 29, 2013

Historical letters to be auctioned

A large stash of letters from an anonymous collector will be auctioned online, including letters from Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> a major collection of letters from a private collector is about to go on the auction market. letters from george washington , jefferson, eisenhower, edison, marx and darwin. but two letters in particular from popular culture figures are getting a lot of attention. in one, marilyn monroe writes to her acting coach and friend lee strasburg, quote, "i still am lost. i mean, i can't get myself together. my will is weak. i can't stand anything. i sound crazy, but i think i'm going crazy. i feel like i'm not existing in the human race at all." in another letter, john lennon writes a scorcher to paul and linda mccartney in 1971 after reading some questionable comments they made about himself and yoko. he writes to mccartney, "i hope you realize what -- you and the rest of your unselfish friends laid on yoko and me since we've been together." he goes on, "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. didn't we always say we were part of the movement, not all of it? of course we changed the world, but try and follow it through. get off your gold disc and fly." that's the part we can read on family television. it goes downhill from there. john tells linda mccartney to get off her high horse. he says she has a perverted mind and is from an insane family. these letters go up for auction may 30th .