LONDON — Beatlemania is getting a little better all the time, as an auction Thursday of Fab Four memorabilia shattered previous records.
The most expensive item was a sheet of paper that sold for an astonishing £600,000 ($1.05 million): The anonymous buyer took home John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need Is Love.”
The lyrics sheet was used by Lennon during a BBC TV appearance in 1967, and reportedly can be seen falling to the floor after the performance. It was discarded by Lennon, but was retrieved by a woman who was working at the TV studio.
Held at legendary London nightspot Hippodrome, the sale was conducted by auctioneers Cooper Owen, and included assorted memorabilia: paintings, musical instruments and clothes once owned by the likes of Jimi Hendrix.
However, it was items associated with the late Beatle that caught the imagination most. Lennon’s military-style tunic said to be the inspiration for the band’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album artwork went for £100,000 ($175,000). A pair of his trademark yellow-tinted spectacles sold for more than £60,000 ($105,000).