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  • Title Money can't buy you love, but £85,000 gets two Beatles classics
  • Publication Title Daily Mail
  • Collection Daily Mail
  • Date Friday,  Aug. 28, 1992
  • Issue Number 29921
  • Page Number 19
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Associated Newspapers Limited
  • Copyright Statement © Associated Newspapers Limited.
Money can't buy you love, but £85,000 gets two Beatles classics p00 law. **%;.. iMpTlL They way they were: The Beatles pictured inside the cover of Sgt Pepper, 'a key album in rock history' HANDWRITTEN lyrics of two Beatles classics from the 1967 Sgt Pepper album rocked into the auction record books yesterday. The words to John Lennon's A Day in the Life fetched £44,000, three times higher than expected. She's Leaving Home, penned by Paul McCartney, went for £41,000 — also three times its estimated value — as Beatlemania gripped the normally sedate Sotheby's saleroom in London. Both songs, scrawled untidily on sketchpaper, were snapped up by the same anonymous telephone bidder, who fought off fierce competition. 'It's a record price for any Beatles lyrics,' said Stephen Maycock, who put the sale of rock memorabilia together. 'The next nearest price was for John Lennon's Imagine, which fetched around £10,000.' He said part of the interest could be the 25th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper. 'Both She's Leaving Home and A Day in the Life are acknowledged as key songs on a key album in rock history,' he added. One anonymous buyer, thought to be from Apple, the Beatles' company, spent more than £52,000 on hundreds of negatives of early pictures of the group taken by Liverpool photographer Peter Kaye. Many of the photographs have never been published. They show the four in various locations around their home city. The proceeds from the sale of She's Leaving Home will go to the kidney fund at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital. But failing to obtain either set of lyrics was a bitter blow for Lorraine Knowles, of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, who was hoping to clinch them so they could be displayed. 'I had a limit of £40,000, so I didn't get them,' she said. 'It's sad, because no British institution has any original Beatles manuscripts. They're all in private hands.' More than 170 Fab Pour items, including Brian Epstein's business card, went under the hammer. George Harrison's 1966 fur coat by designer Mary Quant fetched £7,700 from an anonymous telephone bidder, more than double its asking price. One private collector bought an unseen film of the group on holiday in India for £23,100 and another of them in Greece for £7,150. They were taken by Mai Evans, the Beatles' road manager, who was killed in a shooting incident in Los Angeles in 1976. The films' buyer said: 'It is a piece of history and I'm very happy to have bought them. I don't think I've been ripped off.' Meanwhile in America, Paul McCartney and George Harrison have launched a £1.5million lawsuit against Sony for allegedly releasing a 'bootleg' recording of a Beatles performance 30 years ago. 'I don't understand why Sony would deal in bootlegs,' said McCartney. Harrison said: 'It's incomprehensible that Sony or anyone else would think they can release our performances without our permission. This is simply greed, and Sony should be ashamed.' The double album, featuring the group at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962, is based on a recording by sound technican Edward Taylor, now a Liverpool butcher. According to Paul LiCalsi, lawyer for the two ex-Beatles, Taylor taped the session on a portable recorder and has admitted not asking for permission to do so. McCartney and Harrison listened 'in disgust' to the album for the first time last month and were horrified to discover that it even included some songs by another band, LiCalsi said. Harrison claimed that Hully Gully was performed 'totally by someone else — it's not even the Beatles'. McCartney listened repeatedly to Where Have You Been All My Life, only to declare: 'I still can't tell whether it was the Beatles singing it.* Apple record company spokesman Josh Davidson said yesterday: 'There are very few of the Beatles' own songs on the recording. Most were cover versions of titles by other bands. It's a poor recording and only embarrasses the Beatles and Sony.' The Beatles were plagued by bootleg albums throughout their career, but it is rare for a major label such as Sony to release one. 'They are illegal and cheat the public,' said McCartney. Sony declined to comment on the lawsuit, filed in New York.