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1997-Mar-22: Beatles Auction in Tokyo. Paul stops sale of "Penny Lane" lyrics

(hg) Only very few hours before the big auction of Beatles memorabilia would begin in Tokyo, the High Court in London stopped the sale of the original manuscript of the lyrics of "Penny Lane". A temporary injunction was based on the point that the person who wanted to auction off this item does not have the right to sell it.

Other items sold at the auction (which was hosted by Bonhams and took place both in Tokyo and London; it was broadcast live via satellite) were the original birth certificate of Paul McCartney. It was estimated to sell for DM 24,000 but it sold for DM 142,000. The house where Ringo Starr was born sold for DM 36,000. A collarless suit of John Lennon sold for DM 60,000. However, his piano and his Mercedes, the latter estimated to go for DM 1.35 million, did not sell. Five other items were withdrawn as their authenticity was in doubt.


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