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John Lennon's Handwritten "A Day in the Life" Lyrics Up for Auction

April 29, 2010 9:14 AM ET

Thanks to a new auction at Sotheby's, one lucky Beatles fan can own an incredible piece of rock history: the handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the Life," one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. John Lennon's lyrics for the epic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band closing track will be sold to the highest bidder on June 18th at the New York auction house. The estimated closing price, according to Reuters: $500,000 to $700,000. The lyric sheet on the block isn't the final draft, but Lennon's rough sketch of what eventually became the album track — there are crossed-out words and spelling mistakes, like, "I saw a flim today, oh boy."

However, the lyric sheet comes with a B side: Scrawled on the back of the rough draft is a more finished version with fewer corrections that's scrawled in all capital letters. The flipside also features a break where Lennon anticipated Paul McCartney would insert his classic "Woke up, got out of bed" bridge. The lyric sheet for "A Day in the Life," which Sotheby's describes as "the revolutionary song that marked the Beatles' transformation from pop icons to artists," was reportedly once the property of Beatles road manager Malcolm "Mal" Evans.

Barring a heated bidding war, it's unlikely that "A Day in the Life" will surpass the $1 million bid the handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' "All You Need is Love" received in 2005, Reuters reports.

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