John Lennon Lyrics Sold For $1.2 Million
Handwritten lyrics for Beatles track sold at auction...
John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the 1967 Beatles hit ‘A Day In The Life’ have sold for $1.2 million (£810,000) at auction.
An anonymous American collector paid double the guide price for the lyric sheet, which was previously owned by Beatles road manager Mal Evans.
The single piece of paper features Lennon’s lyrics written in black and blue, with several edits and corrections in red. A neater version of the song is written on the reverse.
‘A Day In The Life’ was co-written by Paul McCartney and was the final track on ‘Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It was initially banned by the BBC due to the lyric “I’d like to turn you on”, which was thought to be a drug reference. The line was a late addition by Lennon and doesn’t feature on the handwritten sheet.
The winning bid broke the record for Beatles lyrics sold at auction, beating $1.25 million paid for ‘All You Need In Love’ in 2005.
In other Beatles’ news, actor Christopher Eccleston has spoken about playing John Lennon in the film ‘Lennon Naked’, which airs on 23rd June on BBC4.
“Lennon is not actually a hero of mine... I think there’s a presumption of that because we’re from a similar kind of background, but he was somebody that I was very, very interested in,” Eccleston said. “I love him because he’s so deeply flawed as a human being and he left so much for us.”