Sir Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’s 1968 hit Hey Jude have sold at auction for £731,000.
The sale amount smashed the guide price of £128,000. The buyer wished to remain anonymous.
Sir Paul’s lyrics were among more than 250 Beatles-related items up for grabs during a Julien’s Auctions online sale to mark 50 years since the band broke up.
The auction included never-before-seen memorabilia, guitars and instruments, autographed items and other rare collectables.
A Ludwig-branded bass drumhead, bearing the Beatles logo and used at the Cow Palace Arena in San Francisco on August 19, 1964, fetched £161,000.
A script page for the Hello, Goodbye music video, with hand- written drawings, notes and ideas from John Lennon, George Harrison and Beatles roadie Mal Evans, made £67,000.
And Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “BAGISM” drawing, featured in the couple’s 1969 Bed In Peace documentary, sold for £75,000.