The lyrics to “Hey Jude” which Paul McCartney wrote out and used for the recording of the iconic 1968 single sold for a cool $910,000 at auction on Friday which coincided with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ breakup in 1970.
According to Julien’s Auctions, the handwritten lyrics were referenced by McCartney during the track’s recording at Trident Studios in London, U.K. and were subsequently gifted to a studio engineer working on the session. The lyrics were valued at just $160,000 ahead of the auction.
[Photo via Julien’s Auctions]
The Beatles memorabilia auctioned off Friday included Ringo Starr‘s Abbey Road ashtray (which sold for $32,000), John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Bagism drawing, the script used for the filming of the band’s “Hello Goodbye” video featuring notations by Lennon and George Harrison ($200,000), and more. You can check out all the items included in Friday’s auction here.
“This stage of the Fab Four’s first performance is not only one of the most extraordinary artifacts ever to come to market from Beatles history, but all of music history,” Julien’s Auctions’ Martin Nolan noted when the auction was originally announced. “We’re thrilled to offer this remarkable and unique piece that set the stage for the auspicious start of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time as well as these other incredible and significant items that celebrate the magic of Beatlemania.”
Would we pay close to a million bucks for those lyrics? Nah, nah, nah, nah nah nah nah. But, you know, whatever floats your boat.
The Beatles – “Hey Jude”
[Video: The Beatles]
[H/T Rolling Stone]