A Whopping Rs 6.9 Crore For The Beatles' 'Hey Jude' Penned By Paul McCartney

Bhavna Acharya |Apr 15, 2020

Right in the middle of the pandemic, a handwritten draft by Paul McCartney to the lyrics of The Beatles' all-time hit ‘Hey Jude’ went on an online Auction and sold for $910,000 (Rs 6,9 crore).

On Friday, The Beatles auction, held by Julien's Auctions house took place concurrently with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' breakup. Among nearly 250 items relating to the legendary rock brand sold at the auction, there was a notably special handwritten sheet also known as a copy of “Hey Jude” lyrics penned by Paul McCartney. The annual  Beatlemania auction has seen one of the highest bids ever as this copy sold for a remarkable price of $910,000 (Rs 6.9 crore).

The Beatles
Receiving massive attention around the world together with three nominations at the 1969 GRAMMY Awards, Hey Judes has become one of The Beatles’ biggest legacies.

Reportedly, this was the handwritten lyrics that The Beatles used at Trident Studios back in London when recording the worldwide hit ‘Hey Jude’. The messy-looking lyric was a white sheet filled with small, black felt penned handwritings from McCartney. 

The Beatles’ Hey Jude was one of the greatest singles of the English rock band. Paul McCartney originally wrote the song with a view to comforting his fellow John Lennon’s son Julian. At that point, Julian was going through a tough time as a result of his parents’ divorce. As we all know, John eventually decided to leave his wife for his new lover Yoko Ono.

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The Beatles in their first live with Hey Jude

The Beatles’ auction was supposed to take place at Hard Rock Cafe, NY. However, due to the unexpected coronavirus outbreak, they turned it into an online auction. Julien's auctions house - the host of the event expected that the highest bid for the lyrics would vary from $160,000 to $180,000. In consideration of the profound significance of the lyrics, the fact that it sold for 9 times higher than expected is still completely striking. 

Besides the handwritten lyrics, another highlight of the auction was the vintage bass drumhead sold for $200,000. This was one of 250 items sold that day.

Let's grove into the nostalgia melody of The Beatles' 'Hey Jude' one more time:

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