Handwritten John Lennon Beatles song lyrics sell for $354,500 at auction

A set of lyrics handwritten by John Lennon for The Beatles song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” sold for $354,500 at Julien's Auction's Music Idols 2016 sale …

John Lennon handwritten Beatles lyrics





A set of lyrics handwritten by John Lennon for The Beatles song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” sold for $354,500 at Julien’s Auction’s Music Idols 2016 sale, the auction house announced May 23.

The first half of the lyrics of the song were written in capital letters in blue ballpoint ink on one side, but Lennon had scribbled additional lyrics on the other side of the two-sided framed sheet. The title of the song was written on the sheet as “Being for the Benifit (cq) of Mr. Kite” in ballpoint pen and black marker. The auction house had estimated the worth of the lyrics sheet as between $300,000 to $500,000. The sale contained other Beatles items, including a group signed “Let It Be” album cover, which went for $50,000, John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s table and stool set, which sold for $20,480; and a group signed “A Hard Day’s Night” album cover that sold for $38,400.

Other rock ‘n’ roll items in the sale which featured hundreds of pieces of rock n’ roll memorabilia and was held May 21, included Elvis Presley’s Gibson Dove guitar ($334,000); a drum head owned by Keith Moon of the Who that sold for $187,500; Madonna’s film worn “Desperately Seeking Susan” jacket ($87,500); Michael Jackson’s History Tour “Beat It’ jacket ($256,000); two pages of Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics for the song “Room Full of Mirrors” ($62,600); David Bowie’s “Glass Spider” tour costume ($37,500) and Freddie Mercury of Queen’s “Magic Tour” jacket ($81,250). Also sold were Kurt Cobain’s letter to David Geffen ($28,125) and his 1989 stage-played guitar ($56,250); a Frank Sinatra original painting ($21,250); Waylon Jennings’ inscribed vintage Goya guitar ($10,240); Elvis Presley’s diamond ring ($20,480), his 1961 black Mohair Lanksy Bros. suit ($28,125) and his painted leather jacket ($50,000); Michael Jackson handwritten lyrics for the song “Bad” ($60,800) and a Dean Martin worn tuxedo ($11,250).