Paul McCartney’s Handwritten ‘Hey Jude’ Lyrics Sell For $910,000

A handwritten copy of the lyrics of “Hey Jude,” written by Paul McCartney, was sold for $910,000 at Julien’s Auctions last Friday.

It was one of nearly 250 item auctioned at a Beatles auction marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary pop group’s breakup.

The auctioned rare material was a plain sheet with handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles hit “Hey Jude” written by McCartney in black felt pen and used in studio for recording.

The lines in the lyrics are numbered from 1 through 4, with notations in between such as “BREAK” and at the end “Ending. Fading.”

McCartney used the lyrics during the recording at Trident Studios in London in July 1968 and later gifted them to a studio engineer.

McCartney famously wrote the song for John Lennon‘s son Julian as a source of comfort during the divorce of his parents, John and Cynthia Lennon.

The song was originally called “Hey Jules.” The non-album single was The Beatles’ first release on their Apple record label and a highly successful debut.

(Photo: Julien’s Auctions)

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