Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude” handwritten lyrics sold for $910k
Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars, held its marquee Beatlemania auction event the year, All Beatles, on Friday, April 10th — the 50th anniversary the Fab Four’s historic breakup — live online at Julienslive.com. 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,” used in studio for its recording at Trident Studios, London in July 1968 which sold for an astounding $910k well over its original estimate $160k. 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 $200k, four times over its original estimate $50k. It was the opening concert 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 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 an original shooting script page with drawings, notes, and ideas handwritten by John Lennon, George Harrison and Mal Evans regarding the filming 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) The Beatles album Get Back believed to have been created by producer Glyn Johns ($32k, well over its original starting estimate $7k); 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 ($28k, fourteen times its estimate $2k) and a pencil drawing four male faces ($19,200 nineteen times its original estimate $1,500); an original double-sided art collage postcard bearing a pair women’s legs, in 1977 created 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 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 $2,000); John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “BAGISM” drawing, featured in the couple’s 1969 Bed in Peace documentary as part 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 $6,000) and more.
The formerly announced public live event shifted to a live online auction with an auctioneer conducting the sale in streaming video in front a global audience registered bidders and fans live streaming the event from their homes, all while tracking bids coming in online and phone using the latest technology to call the action. In keeping with the social distancing guidelines and safety measures put in place by the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Julien’s Auctions staff accepted digital real-time bids phone and online from remote locations.
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