McCartney’s Handwritten Lyrics to “Hey Jude” Just Sold For $910,000 [VIDEO]
According to CBS News, the "Julien's Auctions" held on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles breaking up made a treasure trove of Beatles memorabilia available for purchase by the public. One of the big gets was the handwritten lyrics to "Hey Jude" by Paul McCartney.
I think he goes by Sir Paul now, but long before McCartney had been knighted by the queen, the world saw Paul as the rock royalty that he is. "Hey Jude" dominated the Grammy's with nominations for Best Record of the Year, Best Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group in 1968. Magical Mystery Tour was up for Best Album that year as well.
CBS News reports that the auction went pretty well; the handwritten lyrics to "Hey Jude" were estimated to pull in $180,000 tops. The final bidder walked away with Paul's felt-inked lyric sheet for a whopping $910,000. McCartney had used the messy lyric sheet while recording the song at Trident Studios in London in July of 1968, and then gave them to an engineer there when they were finished with it.
"Hey Jude" was originally written to sooth Julian Lennon during his parents divorce. The title was later changed.
Over 250 pieces of Beatles history were sold at the auction and included: rare vinyl, autographed treasures, obscure collectibles, autographed pieces, musical instruments and Ringo's Abbey Rd. ashtray among others, according to CBS News.