The handwritten lyrics to The Beatles classic song While My Guitar Gently Weeps, off their legendary self-titled double album, also known as The White Album, are up for auction through the memorabilia company Moments in Time for $195,000.
George Harrison and bandmate Ringo Starr both took turns writing the words to the tune out on the back of a studio recording sheet.
The duo were fleshing out the lyrics to one of Harrison’s most iconic songs while the band was recording at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London back in 1968.
‘I Look at You all see the love there that’s sleeping — While my guitar gently weeps,’ Harrison began at the top of the sheet.
He continued at the bottom with, ‘While my Guitar Gently weeps as I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging still my guitar G W.’
Starr scribbled all the lyrics in between, which included his effort to work out a misspelling of the side of the paper.
Hand-writing expert Frank Caizzo authenticated the lyric sheet.
‘It is complete with his misspellings, a Ringo trademark, and shows him working out one of the misspelled words on the side,’ Caizzo wrote in a letter of authenticity posted to the auction website momentsintime.com.
The lyric sheet represents a working draft used during the recording of The White Album, The Beatles’ ninth studio album.
It has since gone on to be regarded as the most diverse and eclectic group of songs the band released during their wildly successful career (1960-1970).
Beatle song lyrics, such as this artifact, are rarely put up for auction.