As the dust still settles from Elton John’s recently released memoir Me some of the singer’s handwritten lyrics will be put up for auction with a hefty price tag of $1.3 million.
The item is being put up for sale by Bernie Taupin’s ex-wife. Elton John’s writing partner’s ex-partner is set to see the lot up for auction, which includes the first drafts of some of Elton’s biggest hits.
The handwritten lyrics of legendary tracks ‘Your Song’, ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Bennie and the Jets’ are included in the auction. Maxine Taupin, Bernie’s partner between 1971 and 1976, will also include ‘Saturday Night’s Alright’ and ‘The Border Song’.
Taupin, the inspiration behind another of Elton’s hits, ‘Tiny Dancer’, is loking to cash in on the memorabilia and is expected to get over $1 million. She told Rolling Stone that she acquired the lyrics but couldn’t remember how. “You don’t just normally sit in a room and divide things up, but it might have happened like that,” she said.
“I don’t really remember the moment. But some of them were framed on a wall in my home and other ones were in a bank vault, perfectly preserved.” She has decided to cash in on the finds following the success of Rocketman.
With the auction taking place at Bonham’s Auction House in LA on December 9th if you want a piece of Elton history you better get your chequebook out. Individual pieces are set to fetch between $30,000 – $250,000, so it better be a big one.