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The Beatles’ handwritten ‘Hey Jude’ lyrics sell for 910,000 dollars at auction

Julien’s Auctions music specialist Jason Watkins had described Paul McCartney’s hastily scribbled notes of The Beatles’ hit song “Hey Jude" as very rare and valuable.

By: Reuters | New York | April 11, 2020 11:09:53 am
The Beatles online auction More than 250 items of Beatles memorabilia offered in an online auction by Julien’s Auctions to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Artist Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ hit song “Hey Jude” sold for 910,000 dollars on Friday, nine times its original estimate, auction house Julien’s Auctions said.

A vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo that was used during the English band’s first North American tour in 1964 was another top item, selling for 200,000 dollars.

The items were among more than 250 items of Beatles memorabilia offered in an online auction by Julien’s Auctions to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup.

A drawing by John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono called Bagism, a term they coined to satirize stereotyping, sold for 93,750 dollars, while an ashtray used by the Fab Four’s drummer Ringo Starr at the Abbey Road recording studios in London fetched 32,500 dollars.

The wooden stage of the small Liverpool venue where the band performed before they rocketed to fame went for 25,600 dollars.

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

“It’s obviously a very iconic song that everyone’s familiar with,” said Watkins. “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when they were recording it.”

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

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