Lennon lyrics sell for £810,000
Published 18/06/2010 | 17:41
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for Beatles hit A Day In The Life have sold for more than £810,000 (1.2million US dollars) at an auction in New York.
The controversial song was the final track of the classic 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which spent 27 weeks at the top of the UK charts.
The double-sided sheet of paper features the lyrics - starting with "I read the news today oh boy" - written in capital letters, along with cross-outs and corrections.
The paper previously belonged to Beatles road manager Mal Evans.
Sotheby's, which organised the sale, had touted the document as a "rare glimpse into the Beatles' songwriting dynamic" with Lennon noting where Paul McCartney (now Sir Paul) would insert his upbeat verses.
The winning bid was almost double the pre-sale estimate of £470,000.
The lyrics caused controversy when the Beatles released the album in 1967.
The song was banned by the BBC because it twice features the line, "I'd love to turn you on," which was interpreted as supporting illegal drug use. The song was also left off copies of Sgt. Pepper's sold in several Asian countries for the same reason.
In addition, A Day in the Life features the lyric "he blew his mind out in a car," which Beatles aficionados claim is a reference to the accidental death of Tara Browne, the Guinness heir and close friend of both Lennon and Paul McCartney.
The lyrics appear on both sides of the single sheet. One side has Lennon's original first draft, written in a hurried cursive script. The other side is written almost entirely in capital letters and incorporates the corrections from the first draft and adds the words, "I'd love to turn you on."