Tuesday, June 22, 2010
All you need is ... $1.2 million
Here they are, the lyrics to "A Day in the Life" written by John Lennon in 1967.
They sold recently at a Sotheby's auction for $1.2 million, well above the pre-auction estimate of $500,000-700,000, but just under the record for handwritten lyrics from the pen of a Beatle. In 2005 "All You Need Is Love" sold for $1.25 mil.
You might not be John Lennon or Paul McCartney, but you are saving all your lyrics and scribbles, right? You just never know. The "A Day in the Life" lyrics were once in the hands of Beatles road manager Mal Evans.
We still have the handwritten poem "If I Had a Go-Kart" from fifth grade, not because we expect to sell it one day for a large sum and build a log home in some secluded coulee. We just can't bring ourselves to part with stuff like that. Paper doesn't take up that much space, and childhood writing projects remind us that our penmanship was actually once decipherable.
We've also been known to snag playlists taped to stage floors after concerts, mostly so we can wake up the next morning and be reminded what the artist played the night before.