April 30, 2010

John Lennon's 'Day In The Life" LyricsMay Fetch $700,00 in New Auction!


John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "A Day in the Life" are heading to the auction block again.
Signed by Lennon, the single sheet of paper with words covering both sides could fetch as much as $700,000 when it comes up for sale at Sotheby's New York on June 18. The item once belonged to Mal Evans, the Beatles' road manager. Sotheby's London sold the lyrics in 1992, and Bonhams in New York offered them in a sealed-bid auction in 2006 but they didn't sell.


The lyrics feature crossed out words, corrections and additions in different colors.
Considered one of the Beatles' most influential songs, "A Day in the Life" is the final track on the band's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album of 1967. The song has segments written independently by Lennon and Paul McCartney. Connecting the two parts is a score performed by a 40-piece orchestra.
Lennon, born in Liverpool in 1940, was shot dead outside his New York apartment house in 1980. His handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "Nowhere Man" sold for $455,500, including commission, in 2003 at Christie's International.

The record for a Beatles' handwritten lyric was set in July 2005 when "All You Need Is Love" fetched $1 million at U.K.- based Cooper Owen auction house, which specializes in music memorabilia.
Some of the lyrics of "A Day in the Life" — "he blew his mind out in a car" — supposedly referred to the accidental death of Tara Browne, the Guinness heir and close friend of Lennon and McCartney, Sotheby's said in a press release.
Another line, "I'd love to turn you on," was interpreted to encourage drug use and was banned by the BBC, making it the first song to be censored by a national radio network in the U.K., according to Sotheby's.
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, winning four Grammy awards in 1968.
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