The Beatles’ handwritten ‘Hey Jude’ lyrics sell for $910,000 at auction
In yet another high profile Beatles memorabilia auction, the handwritten lyrics for their now-iconic song ‘Hey Jude’ have been sold for a staggering $910,000 (£732,000).
Sold for nine times the original estimate by auction house Julien’s in New York, the auction came as part of a major lot sold on the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup. “It’s obviously a very iconic song that everyone’s familiar with,” music specialist Jason Watkins said before the auction.
He added: “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when they were recording it.”
The track was supposedly written for John Lennon’s son Julian and the item includes partial lyrics that Paul McCartney wrote during his process. The notes are thought to have helped either McCartney or Lennon with timing on the recording of the song at Trident Studios in 1968.
The paper was later gifted to a studio engineer. The item is also being sold alongside a photo taken inside the studio which sees John Lennon near the item and was originally expected to sell for £150,000.
Elsewhere in the lot, Julien’s sold a vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo for an eye-watering $200,000. Among the other 250 items sold, a Drumhead was used during the Liverpudlian’s first North American tour in 1964.
A drawing called ‘Bagism’ by John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono was sold for $93,750, Ringo Starr’s ashtray used at the Abbey Road recording studios eventually sold for $32,500.