Lyrics to Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” Fetch $1.2 M

An American collector is now the proud owner of the original handwritten lyrics to the famous Beatles song “A Day in the Life.” The lyrics, handwritten by John Lennon, sold for $1.2 million in an auction held on June 18 by Sotheby’s in New York.

The sheet of paper with Lennon’s writing includes edits and corrections made by the Beatles front man. One side of the paper contains spelling corrections and other edits while the reverse contains a cleaner version of the lyrics. “A Day in the Life” is the last song in the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. The song is generally considered one of the band’s best compositions. Rolling Stone magazine picked it as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

“A Day in the Life” became controversial when it was released when the BBC refused to play it as the network believed that the line “I love to turn you on” refers to drugs. The controversial line is not included in the original as written by Lennon on the piece of paper, which was expected to fetch around $700,000.