Paul McCartney's 'Hey Jude' notes sell for $1.4m NZD at auction

News 15/04/2020

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney's handwritten notes on the Beatles' classic 'Hey Jude' were sold for over $1.4m NZD at an auction on Good Friday last week.

According to Julien's Auctions' description, McCartney used the notes at London's Trident Studios and gave it to one of the engineers. They have estimated the value of the notes to be between $260,000 to $300,000 NZD and it sold for more than five times the value.

The piece of paper shows the opening line of each of the song's four verses and two bridges. See the note below.

The memorabilia was part of a 218-item lot of Beatles memorabilia that Julien has sold to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band's break up. Among the featured items were a bass drum head from a 1964 concert in San Francisco (sold for $328,000), a John Lennon drawing durng his and Yoko Ono's 1968 'Bed-In for Peace', and Lennon's handwritten shooting notes for the promotional film for 'Hello, Goodbye.'

Sir Macca wrote 'Hey Jude' to bring some comfort to his bandmate Lennon's son, Julian, who was just five at the time and struggling with his parents' divorce. Despite the seven-minute track, the song stayed at No. 1 in the States for nine weeks.