Someone Paid $910,000 at Auction for Paul McCartney’s Handwritten ‘Hey Jude’ Lyrics

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Over the weekend, Julien’s Auctions hosted a rather remarkable piece of Beatles memorabilia: lyrics to “Hey Jude,” handwritten by Sir Paul McCartney in the studio.

The piece sold, naturally, for a rather eye-popping sum of $910,000, despite a listed estimate $160,000-180,000.

Some context regarding the piece of paper with Macca’s handwriting, via Julien’s:

A plain sheet with handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles hit “Hey Jude” written by Paul McCartney in black felt pen and used in studio for recording. The lines in the lyrics are numbered from 1 through 4, with notations in between such as “BREAK” and at the end “Ending. Fading.” McCartney used the lyrics during the recording at Trident Studios, London, in July 1968 and later gifted them to a studio engineer. McCartney famously wrote the song for John Lennon’s son Julian as a source of comfort during the divorce of his parents John and Cynthia Lennon. The song was originally called “Hey Jules.” The non-album single was The Beatles’ first release on their Apple record label and a highly successful debut. It went on to be nominated for the GRAMMY Awards of 1969 in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Accompanied by the sheet music for the song.

The lyric sheet was among a number of items up for auction this past weekend in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles breaking up in 1970 — and while the auction has ended, you can click here peruse the many artifacts and memorabilia pieces that were included.


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