Lennon Lyrics Sheet to be Auctioned; Estimate at $700,000
The sheet where John Lennon have written the lyrics for a controversial song in The Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on June 18. Initial estimate for the item stands at $700,000 (460,000 pounds).
The song A Day in the Life ranks 26th in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time compilation of Rolling Stone Magazine. It is considered as one of the group’s most influential songs. It became controversial when BBC announced that it will ban the song because of the line “I’d Love to Turn You On.” The network believed that it was a reference for drug use, something that Lennon and Paul McCartney strongly denied.
The album was released in some parts of the world without the song in it, which is its final track.
The lyrics sheet is double-sided and was written personally by Lennon. It is complete with notes, cross-outs and corrections. It was written using felt marker in blue and red inks.
The original owner of the sheet bought it, also in Sotheby’s, in 1992. At that time it cost him $93,000 (48,000 pounds).
The current record for Beatles lyrics is at one million dollars (655,450 pounds) for the song All You Need is Love.