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Starry price: 'Vincent' lyrics on sale for €1.3m

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Don McLean

The original handwritten lyrics of Don McLean's song 'Vincent', a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh, are going up for sale with an asking price of $1.5m (€1.3m).

Los Angeles-based rare documents dealer Moments in Time said yesterday that the lyrics, scrawled in pencil over 14 pages with deletions and additions, are being sold by a person who acquired them directly from the US singer-songwriter.

First released in 1971, 'Vincent' opens with the words "Starry, starry night".

McLean (74) has said he was inspired to write it after reading a biography of van Gogh.

The 'Vincent' lyrics were most recently seen in public when McLean, lent them to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville for an exhibition.

Irish Independent