McLean selling American Pie music
Buy, buy, Miss American Pie - singer-songwriter Don McLean is selling his manuscript and notes to American Pie, the wistful anthem that asked, "Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?"
Auction house Christies says McLean is selling 16 pages that include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song.
Christie's is estimating that American Pie will sell for between one million dollars and 1.5 million dollars (£650,000 to £974,000) when it is auctioned on April 7 in New York.
The eight-minute-long American Pie was released in 1971. It was a Number 1 US hit for four weeks in 1972.
A cover by Madonna released in 2000 was number one in several countries, including the UK.
"The day the music died" refers to the February 3 1959 deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash.
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