Updated April 5. Christie's in London announced today that Sir Paul's incomplete manuscript of his song Hey Jude will soon be put up for auction. The single sheet of unlined notepaper contains 19 lines of the song written by Sir Paul in blue ink. The final six lines of the song as we know it do not appear on the manuscript.
Back in 1971, the page was purchased for a few pounds by a Beatles fan who found it for sale in one of London's Portobello street markets. Since then, it has been kept safely tucked away in a drawer for 31 years. Now this sheet of paper could earn its owner at least $120,000 when it is sold at the Christie's South Kensington's Pop Memorabilia auction (sale # 6368) on April 30.
Sir Paul wrote the song to comfort young Julian Lennon during the breakup of his parents' marriage. Sir Paul recalled: "John and Cynthia were splitting up and I felt particularly sorry for Julian. I thought as a friend of the family I would motor out to Weybridge and tell them that everything was all right - to try to cheer them up, basically, and see how they were. I had about an hours drive. I would always turn the radio off and try and make up songs. I started singing 'Hey Jools don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better. It was optimistic, a hopeful message for Julian."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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