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Friday, April 30, 2010
LENNON LYRIC UP FOR AUCTION
John Lennon's handwritten lyric for the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" will go under the hammer at Sotheby's, New York, on 18 June, 53 years after being released as the last track on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
And, according to a BBC news release, is expected to fetch seven hundred thousand dollars.
For one page of scribbled lines!
Mind you, the page is written on both sides, and has corrections in colored ink. And the song was controversial in its time. The BBC banned it in 1967 because someone interpreted the line "I'd like to turn you on" as an invitation to take drugs. Several Asian countries released the disk without the last track, for no stated reason.
And Sotheby's calls it "the revolutionary song that marked the Beatles' transformation from pop icons to artists."