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Thursday, 3 October, 2002, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
McCartney lyrics fail to sell
Lyrics held by Christie's pop expert Julia Sachs
No-one was prepared to pay the 30,000 asking price
Lyrics handwritten by Sir Paul McCartney in 1969 failed to sell at an auction of pop memorabilia.

The words to the song "Goodbye" recorded by Mary Hopkin failed to meet its 30,000 reserve price.


It's always difficult to predict when you have unique pieces how the market will react

Christie's pop specialist Sarah Hodgson

But an unreleased film of the Beatles on tour in Australia in 1963 was among hundreds of items sold at the auction at Christie's in London on Thursday.

The black-and-white film, which featured the band on stage, at their hotel and touring the city, went under the hammer for 11,160.

It was one of 80 lots connected with the Beatles.

Bowie's early career

A collection of photos, records and other memorabilia from David Bowie's first group, The Konrads, that had been expected to fetch up to 35,000, also remained unsold.

Christie's pop specialist Sarah Hodgson said: "There wasn't the interest we hoped for, which was puzzling.

"Bowie was very disappointing.

"It's always difficult to predict when you have unique pieces how the market will react."

Robbie's coat

But a grey leather trench coat and trousers worn by Robbie Williams was bought by the restaurant the Hard Rock Cafe for 2,350.

It was worn by the singer for a soft drinks promotion for Pepsi two years ago.

Robbie Williams
The singer's coat and trousers went under the hammer

Items from The Rolling Stones and Bob Marley also featured in the sale.

A Fender Squier Stratocaster electric guitar signed by Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sold for 940.

The lot included a photo of the group signing the guitar.

Ms Hodgson, said: "The Beatles memorabilia always does well and is the most popular at auction.

"But this time, we had a lot of early material from the Rolling Stones, so they were on a par with The Beatles."

A hospital record card signed by Bob Marley for a porter at the Royal Free Hospital in London in 1967 fetched 763.

The singer had gone into hospital with a football injury to his toe.

He signed the card: "Rasta Fari Live, Love Bob Marley."

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