Thursday, February 09, 2006

It's Going To Be Expensive!

A near priceless piece of Beatles memorabilia will be hitting the auction block in the days to come. The original lyric sheet for "A Day In the Life," off of the classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, will be available for bidding until March 7.

"It's absolutely the finest rock and roll artifact to survive the 20th century," Martin Gammon, a book and manuscript analyst at Bonhams & Butterfields, said Thursday

The lyric sheet, which was drafted in 1967, is estimated to sell for as high as $2 million at the auction. The music relic is currently on display at Bonhams San Francisco office until February 12.

The value of the manuscript has increased exponentially in a little more than a decade, Gammon said. An unidentified American collector purchased the lyrics for "A Day in the Life" for roughly $100,000 in 1992 — considerably less than the likely winning bid in 2006. They originally belonged to former Beatles road manager Mal Evans.

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