(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 26, 2017 Sir Paul McCartney performs in concert during his One on One tour at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois. - A sheet of paper bearing Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to "Hey Jude" sold for $910,000 in an online auction held on April 10, 2020 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' historic split. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP)
Handwritten ‘Hey Jude’ lyrics sell for $910,000
Agence France-Presse / 12:01 PM April 11, 2020
A sheet of paper bearing Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to “Hey Jude” sold for $910,000 in an online auction held Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic split.
The document penned by McCartney and used during the 1968 London recording of the classic song at Trident Studios was sold for more than five times its pre-sale estimate.
California-based Julien’s Auctions shifted its sale of some 250 Beatles memorabilia online due to the coronavirus pandemic, with fans around the world bidding for guitars, rare vinyl and autographed items.
Friday marks exactly half a century since an interview given by McCartney sealed the acrimonious end of the “Fab Four,” widely considered one of the most influential bands in history.
Asked if he foresaw a time when his prolific songwriting partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon would restart, his blunt reply — “no” — spoke for itself.
McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” after an earlier split — Lennon’s divorce from first wife Cynthia following his affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
The song was composed to comfort Lennon’s son Julian during his parents’ break-up, and was initially titled “Hey Jules.”
The handwritten document sold Friday contains partial lyrics along with annotations including the word “break” used to aid the song’s recording.
Other items included a drumhead with the Beatles’ logo used during their first US tour gig in 1964, sold for $200,000, and a handwritten shooting script page for the “Hello, Goodbye” music video in 1967, fetching $83,200.
A brass ashtray used by Ringo Starr at the Abbey Road recordings in the 1960s earned $32,500.