The co-lead vocalist and bassist for The Beatles — Paul McCartney — had handwritten the lyrics for “Hey Jude,” which he used in the studio when he was recording the hit song in 1968. Those very same lyrics were sold at an auction for $910,000.
Paul McCartney’s Lyric Sheet Grew in Value
Paul McCartney used this lyric sheet in July of 1968 to record the song at Trident Studios in London. After the recording, the lyric sheet was gifted to a studio engineer, and at the time, it had a pre-auction estimated value of $160,000.
The sale of the “Hey Jude” lyric sheet was highlighted at the Beatles-themed lot at Julien’s Auctions, and it also coincided with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ breakup.
Beatles Memorabilia Auctioned Off
Other items from the auction included a drumhead from a Beatles concert in 1964 at Cow Palace in San Francisco, which sold for $200,000, a shooting script for one of the Beatles’ music videos that ended up selling for $83,000, and Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Bagism drawing that sold for $93,750.
That wasn’t all, though. Other items from Paul McCartney and the Beatles were also auctioned off. The original stage from the very first Beatles public performance — which was on May 14th, 1960 — was sold for $25,000. The band was then billed as “the Silver Beats” and at the time, the stage had a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. The stage was a spread of wooden planks that were taken from Lathom Hall in Liverpool, England.
According to the auction house, this stage was the very place an infamous fight broke out involving the original bass player, Stu Sutcliffe. This brawl not only made history in terms of The Beatles themselves but also in the music industry — which is why it’s such an important artifact.