The lyrics are among 300 items of Beatles memorabilia that are coming up for auction online
The most expensive lot in the sale is the sheet of paper containing the partial lyrics for Hey Jude
The £1.5m sale is likely to attract investors who are said to be looking to put their money into tangible assets
The auction was to be at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York but will be online because of coronavirus.
Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for the Beatles song Hey Jude and his shooting script for the music video of Hello Goodbye! are tipped to sell for over £225,000.
The two documents are among 300 items of Beatles memorabilia that are coming up for auction online.
The £1.5m sale is likely to attract investors who are said to be looking to put their money into tangible assets at a time when the coronavirus crisis is causing panic on the stock markets.
The most expensive lot in the sale is the sheet of paper containing the partial lyrics for Hey Jude.
The lines in the lyrics are numbered one to four with notations such as the word ‘break’.
It is thought the notes helped either him or John Lennon with his timing when they recorded the classic song at Trident Studios in London in 1968.
McCartney later gifted the piece of paper to a studio engineer.
Being sold with it is a photo taken inside the studios at the time with the sheet of paper clearly visible next to John Lennon. It is expected to sell for £150,000.
The filming notes for the video of Hello Goodbye! in 1967 are worth £70,000.
McCartney directed the video and his handwritten script contains frame-by-frame notes of how he wanted each shot.
Other lots include the original wooden stage the fledgling group performed their first advertised concert on at Lathom hall in Liverpool in May 1960. It is valued at £15,000.
A bass drumhead bearing the Beatles logo which was part of a back up drum kit for Ringo Starr for the band’s first US tour in 1964 is valued at £60,000.
There is also a floor-standing brass ashtray Ringo Starr used during recording sessions at Abbey Road.
It comes with a colour photo of Starr playing the drums with the ashtray next to a symbol.
A series of original signed cartoon drawings by John Lennon is another highlight. One of those is a sketch of himself and Yoko Ono titled ‘Bagism’.
He produced the work during the couple’s famous ‘Bed-in for Peace’ protest against the Vietnam War in 1969.
The drawing, that hung above their bed during the two week campaign, is tipped to sell for £80,000.
A pair of beige corduroy flared trousers worn by Lennon and later gifted to the housekeeper at his home at Kenwood, Surrey, in the late 1960s are valued at £15,000.
One of the most bizarre items is a handkerchief Lennon signed to a Mrs Wilson when she sold him her supermarket in Hayling Island, Hants, in 1965. Lennon bought the business as a gift to his childhood friend Pete Shotton. The white hanky is valued at £15,000.
Some of the instruments in the sale include a ukulele that George Harrison bought in Hawaii.
He gifted it to a workman who was hired to put up the Harrison family Christmas tree at their home in Friar Park, Henley, in 1999. It is set to sell for £20,000.
The auction was to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York but following the coronavirus outbreak it is taking place online. It is being run by Julien’s Auctions. It’s president Darren Julien said: ‘These items have been consigned to us by various collectors.
‘The top lots are the Hey Jude lyrics done in the hand by Paul McCartney during recording. What makes them so incredible is that we have photographs and footage of him using the lyrics while recording which is extremely rare.
‘Also there is a baseball that was signed by all four Beatles at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. It has an $80,000 to $100,000 estimate. ‘We expect the sale to do record numbers because of investors wanting to put their money into tangible assets rather than the stock market at the moment.’
The sale takes place on April 10.
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