Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Beatlemania: Paul McCartney’s Handwritten Lyrics to “Hey Jude” Sell for $910,000, Ringo Sells a Bust of John for $41,600


Once upon a time, it was called “Hey Jules.”

Paul McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” for five year old Julian Lennon after visiting him and his mum, Cynthia Lennon after John left them for Yoko.

The song was meant to console Julian. John suggested the name change, and the nearly seven minute song was born. Released independent of an album, and never included on one, “Hey Jude” spent 7 weeks at number 1 in the fall of 1968. Radio stations played it unedited, which was a first.

Fifty two years later, McCartney’s handwritten lyrics have sold for $910,000 at Julien’s Auction house in Los Angeles. Will ever know who bought this sheet of paper? Was it McCartney himself? (I wouldn’t be surprised.) Will we ever see this in a museum exhibition?

I’d say nearly a million bucks was worth it. McCartney took a sad song and made it better.

And yes, it’s the 50th anniversary of the end of the Beatles. And the auction house is owned by a “Julien.” So it all fits together. (And it was just Julian Lennon’s birthday!)

Also in the auction, Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach made around $90,000 selling three promotional busts from the last photo sessions. One of them, of John Lennon, was used as a prop on the cover of “Sgt. Pepper.” Another was from the cover of the American “Hey Jude” album.




Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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