Handwritten Beatles lyric sheet for Hey Jude sold at auction for $910,000

The lyrics were auctioned off among over 200 other Beatles items.

A handwritten lyric sheet of The BeatlesHey Jude recently sold at an auction for $910,000 (£731,000).

The note – written by Paul McCartney – went under the hammer at a Julien’s Auction event last Friday, which was held in tandem with the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s disbandment.

According to the auction house, the note was used during the band’s 1968 recording session at Trident Studios in London and was later gifted to a studio engineer.

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Beatles trident studio / Julien's auctions
John Lennon and the lyric sheet at a Beatles recording session at Trident Studios. Image: Julien’s Auctions

A total of 250 Beatles memorabilia, instruments and autographed photographs were sold on the day. These included the drumhead – emblazoned with the Beatles logo – that was famously used on the band’s first North American show at the Cow Palace, a handbag signed by McCartney and John Lennon, and a 1966 Gibson J-160E that Macca had rented in 2002.

Hey Jude was originally penned by McCartney for Julien Lennon, at the time a young child who was grappling with the divorce of his parents, John and Cynthia Lennon. A year after its release, it was nominated for multiple Grammys, and has since received numerous accolades including a place in The Recording Academy’s Hall Of Fame.

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