Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" lyrics sold for $910,000 at Julien's Auctions

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Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" lyrics sold for $910,000 at Julien's Auctions
Paul McCartney studio used handwritten lyrics to 'Hey Jude", 13 by 8 inches. Sold for $910,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions held its marquee Beatlemania auction event of the year, All Beatles, today Friday, April 10 on the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s historic breakup live online at Over 250 Beatles items featuring some never-before-seen memorabilia, guitars and instruments, autographed items, rare vinyl, obscure licensed material and other rare and collectible artifacts were sold in an online live streaming setting.

The top selling item was Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" (estimate: $160,000-$180,000), used in studio for its recording at Trident Studios, London in July 1968 which sold for an astounding $910,000 well over its original estimate of $160,000. Another top seller was a vintage Ludwig brand bass drumhead bearing The Beatles logo used at the Cow Palace Arena in San Francisco on August 19, 1964 sold for $200,000, four times over its original estimate of $50,000. It was the opening concert of The Beatles’ first North American tour. Following the concert, the backup kit was returned and the skin bearing The Beatles logo was removed and later gifted to Coast Wholesale VIP client Ken “Kenny” Williams, owner of the San Francisco store Drum Land, where it was then displayed on the store wall for three decades.

Other top highlights with winning bids include Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" (estimate: $160,000-$180,000), used in studio for its recording at Trident Studios, London in July 1968; an original shooting script page with drawings, notes, and ideas handwritten by John Lennon, George Harrison and Mal Evans regarding the filming of the music video (directed by Paul McCartney and shot in November 1967) for The Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye" ($83,200); an original lacquer disc recording (aka acetate record) of The Beatles album Get Back believed to have been created by producer Glyn Johns ($32,000 well over its original starting estimate of $7,000); the rare and original stage from the first Beatles performance at Lathom Hall in Liverpool, England on May 14, 1960 ($25,600); artwork done by Paul McCartney while he was attending the Liverpool Art Institute including a pencil and watercolor still life drawing featuring a pot with two onions on a large blue cloth ($28,000 fourteen times its estimate of $2,000) and a pencil drawing of four male faces ($19,200 nineteen times its original estimate of $1,500); an original double-sided art collage postcard bearing a pair of women’s legs, in 1977created by John Lennon and mailed to curator and friend Sam Green from the Lennons’ vacation spot in Karuizawa, Japan ($12,800); a black and white photograph of The Beatles taken by Astrid Kirchherr in 1962, signed by each band member ($11,520); an original insert poster for the 1971 John Lennon album Imagine, signed and dated 1976 by Lennon along with a self-portrait doodle ($10,240, five times its original estimate of $2,000);

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “BAGISM” drawing, featured in the couple's 1969 Bed in Peace documentary as part of their demonstration against the Vietnam War ($93,750); a floor standing brass ashtray used by Ringo Starr who requested to have it at the band’s Abbey Road recordings in the 1960s ($32,500, over five times its original starting estimate of $6,000) and more.

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