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Beatles lyrics sell for $300,000
George Harrison's lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps

George Harrison's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song While My Guitar Gently Weeps have fetched $300,000 (152,552) in a US memorabilia auction.

The lyrics comprise the earliest known version of the song and contain lines not included in the recorded version featured on the White Album in 1968.

The working draft features Harrison's handwritten corrections.

Other items in the sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, included a picture of a bird drawn by John Lennon when he was 11.

The picture sold for more than $30,000 (15,256).

Omitted lines

The Beatles first recorded While My Guitar Gently Weeps on July 25 1968, using the lyrics on the auctioned sheet of paper.

The lines omitted from the final version read:

    I look from the wings at the play you are staging
    While my guitar gently weeps
    As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging
    Still my guitar gently weeps

The reverse of the page features the lyrics to Hey Jude in the hand of Beatles road manager Mal Evans.

Cooper Auctions founder Louise Cooper described the auction as "a once in 20 or 30 years experience".

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