Friday, August 7, 1998 Published at 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Beatles songbook up for sale
An important item from a ground-breaking era
A notebook in which Paul McCartney drafted Beatles lyrics for 'Hey Jude' and 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is set to take centre stage at a sale of rock'n'roll memorabilia.
Sotheby's rock'n'roll specialist Stephen Maycock expected the "unique record" to fetch between £90,000 and £120,000.
"Lyrics are easily the most collectable items for all collectors," Mr Maycock said.
He added that the lyrics for The Beatles' 'Getting Better' set a new record at auction three years ago fetching £161,000.
Filled with scribbles and brightly coloured ink, the notebook covers the Beatles' groundbreaking period between 1967-68. This was when they produced the albums "Sergeant Pepper" and "The Beatles" - more commonly known as the White Album.
It includes a design for the famous Sergeant Pepper drumskin - featured on the cover of the record - and a list of other requirements for the song, including "piano painted for John".
Mr Maycock said the notebook had come from an "anonymous vendor".
He said he was certain the item was authentic.
"Apart from the source who I know to be 100% genuine, I have seen various handwritings over the years.
"You can compare various manuscripts. It's quite clear that we know almost word for word who has written what in this book," he said.
Previous sales stopped
Lyrics collected by Mal Evans have been the subject of legal action in the past.
However, Sir Paul McCartney went to the High Court to prevent them from being included in an auction.
He claimed that the lyrics were picked up by Mal Evans as part of his duties as a Beatles employee and were held on behalf of the Beatles.
Sir Paul also obtained an injunction to stop the sale of lyrics to Penny Lane in 1997.
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