The Julien’s Auctions sale went for nine times its original estimate yesterday (April 10). Jason Watkins, a music specialist for the auction house, said McCartney’s notes were scribbled as a guide for a 1968 studio recording of the song and were very rare and valuable.
SOLD for $910,000! Handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles hit “Hey Jude” written by Paul McCartney in black felt pen and…
The event was supposed to take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square before being moved to an online-only auction due to the coronavirus.
The lyrics and artwork were among more than 250 items of Beatles memorabilia on sale to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup.
A vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo that was used during their first North American tour in 1964 was another top item in the auction, selling for $200,000 (£160,000).
Also included in the auction was the wooden stage of the small Liverpool venue where the band performed before they shot to fame, which sold for $25,600 (£22,491).
In other news, George Harrison’s Material World Foundation has donated $500,000 to a series of charities providing much needed aid and care during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.