Handwritten lyrics to Beatles song Hey Jude sell for $ 910,000 at auction

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Handwritten words by artist Paul McCartney on the hit Beatles song Hey jude Sold for US $ 910,000 on Friday, nine times its original estimate, auction house Julien’s Auctions announced.

Another vintage bass drum with the Beatles logo that was used on the English group’s first North American tour in 1964 was another flagship, sold for $ 200,000 US.

The items were among more than 250 commemorative Beatles coins offered in an online auction by Julien’s Auctions to mark the 50th anniversary of the group’s dissolution.

A drawing of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono entitled Bagism, a term they coined to counter stereotypes, sold for US $ 93,750, while an ashtray used by Quatre Fabres drummer Ringo Starr at Abbey Road recording studios in London raised $ 32,500.

The wooden stage in the small room in Liverpool where the group performed before becoming famous cost US $ 25,600.

Before the sale, Julien’s Auctions music specialist Jason Watkins described McCartney’s hastily scribbled notes for a 1968 studio recording of Hey jude as very rare and precious.

“This is obviously a very iconic song that everyone knows,” said Watkins. “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when recording them. “

The sale was scheduled to take place online and at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York, but was made online only due to the coronavirus pandemic, the auction house said.

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