Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sgt. Pepper Lennon Lyrics -- The Real Deal -- $1 Million
The last song on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band record was A Day in the Life, written by John Lennon. It's considered by many the best song on the album.
In Rolling Stone Magazines list of 500 Great Songs of All Time, it was #26. And, in terms of handwritten lyrics, it's probably #1.
An American collecto paid $1.2 million for it at the Sotheby's auction. They had estimated it would get between 500,000 and $800,000.
It's on a double-sided piece of paper, with Lennon's edits and corrections in black marker and blue ball point pen. There were a few corrections in red ink.
This piece is cool for so many reasons. Aside from handwritten lyrics by the Beatles being huge to begin with, get this. One side of the sheet is written in Lennons cursive script. The other side is written in all capital letters and has all the corrections. I think this is so much cooler than the "All You Need is Love" lyrics which sold for $1.25 million in 2005.