A Day in the Life of John Lennon

lennon A Day in the Life of John Lennon

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A single sheet of paper is expected to fetch from 500-thousand to 700-thousand-dollars at auction and Beatlemaniacs may think it’s well worth it.  The paper contains John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the song “A Day in the Life.”  Sotheby’s will put it on the auction block in New York on June 18th. 

The paper contains a rough draft of the lyrics, while a neater version, with fewer corrections, is on the reverse side.  It also contains Lennon noting where bandmate Paul McCartney would insert his more upbeat verse.  However, McCartney’s middle passage, about falling out of bed and dashing to catch the bus, does not appear on the manuscript to be sold.  “A Day in the Life” appeared on The Beatles’ legendary album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”  Sotheby’s describes the song as the one that marked the Beatles’ transformation from pop icons to artists.  According to the auctioneer, the record for Beatles’ lyrics at auction is a million dollars paid for “All You Need Is Love” in 2005.


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