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Friday, May 21, 1999 Published at 09:23 GMT 10:23 UK


Diana tribute bought by Earl Spencer

Candle in the Wind '97 sold 33 million copies

The score for Sir Elton John's tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales - Candle In The Wind `97 - has been bought by her brother Earl Spencer for £25,300.

The manuscript, signed by Sir Elton and Sir George Martin, was sold at auction at Sotheby's in London in aid of charity.

The hand-notated instrumental score and the British Phonographic Industry award marking 33 million sales of the track was brought by the Earl's spokeswoman Shelley-Anne Claircourt.

She said it would be put on display in the exhibition dedicated to the late Princess's life at the Spencer family home at Althorp in Northamptonshire.

[ image: The lyrics to Candle in the Wind '97 were auctioned last year]
The lyrics to Candle in the Wind '97 were auctioned last year
"We are delighted that the manuscript has been purchased for the Althorp exhibition by Earl Spencer.

"It will be on display this year and we are very happy to have it there," she said.

The charities that will benefit from the sale are the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre, Royal National Institute for the Blind, and the Brit Trust, the record industry's own charity.

The sale was the idea of former Beatles record producer Sir George Martin.

Martin got permission to sell the score and the track's British record industry award from Sir Elton - who performed the song at Diana's funeral - and songwriter Bernie Taupin, who co-wrote the original song with Sir Elton and rewrote the lyrics for the funeral.

The handwritten lyrics to the song were auctioned in February last year. They were bought by US businessman Bob Wilson for $442,500 and donated to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

The record sales of the historic track, which was produced by Sir George, raised more than £20m for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

The original Candle In The Wind song was Sir Elton's tribute to screen legend Marilyn Monroe, who died in 1962.

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