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Updated: 2006-01-20 09:06

Lennon original lyrics for sale

列侬歌词手稿被拍卖 《生命中的一天》"最有价值"

Lennon original lyrics for sale
Manuscript of A Day in the Life.

John Lennon's original draft of lyrics to the groundbreaking Beatles song A Day in the Life has gone on sale.

The manuscript, being sold in New York in a sealed-bid auction ending 7 March, is expected to fetch about $2m, auction house Bonhams said.

Lennon wrote the song after reading about the death of his friend, Guinness heir Tara Browne, in the Daily Mail on 17 January 1967.

It became the final track on the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

The manuscript was last sold in 1992 by the estate of Beatles road manager Mal Evans for $100,000, in London, to an unknown collector.

Lennon's handwritten lyric sheet for the Beatles' 1967 live satellite broadcast of All You Need is Love sold in July last year for $1.04m.

Martin Gammon, of Bonhams, said the sale price could be $2m "based on market history".

This would make it the most valuable musical manuscript composed in the 20th Century to be offered at auction, he added.

The song, considered to be one of The Beatles' finest, begins "I read the news today, oh boy" and was famously inspired by the copy of the Daily Mail, which included reports of the coroner's verdict on the death of Tara Browne.

The millionaire was killed in a car crash after driving at high speed through London. It led to the line: "He blew his mind out in a car, he didn't notice that the lights had changed."

A study showing that the streets of Blackburn had 4,000 potholes was also immortalised by the lyrics: "I read the news today, oh boy, 4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire."

Paul McCartney added the middle section, including the line: "Found my way upstairs and had a smoke, somebody spoke and I went into a dream."

The Beatles split three years later in 1970 and in 1980 Lennon was shot dead in New York, aged 40, by Mark David Chapman. 







列侬创作的歌曲《你需要的就是爱》歌词手稿在去年7月以104万美元被卖出, 1967年,披头士在一次现场卫星直播节目中演唱了这首歌。











sealed-bid auction   :(密封式拍卖,是指卖主对标的物核定底价之后将底价密封,然后进行拍卖。各竞买人将报价密封后投入标箱内,相互之间不知道报价是多少。)

road manager  : (旅行团、乐队领队;亦作roadie)



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