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Diamond in the rough draft: John Lennon's handwritten lyric sheet for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds set to sell for $200k

 

 

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:52 PM on 14th April 2011

 

 

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds are up for auction, in the latest episode for a storied Beatles classic.

 

Auction house Profiles in History said yesterday that it expects the draft lyric sheet to sell for more than $200,000 at a sale next month in Beverly Hills.

 

It has the opening lyrics for the song, and a rough sketch by Lennon of four people in a room with windows draped in curtains.

 

 

article-1376901-0B9E0EF900000578-926_468x481.jpg It is expected that John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds will sell for over $200,000 at an auction in Beverly Hills next month

 

When the psychedelic song was released on 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, listeners and the media speculated it was a thinly disguised paean to the drug LSD, based on the first letters of Lucy, sky and diamonds.

 

But Lennon always disputed that notion, even though he was known to experiment with drugs. Lennon said he did not realize until later the title contained those letters in sequence.

 

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As Lennon and others have explained it, the inspiration came from his son, Julian, who was then a child and drew a picture of his classmate Lucy. Julian Lennon is said to have showed the painting to his father and told him, 'That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds.'

 

 

article-1376901-0010EC0200000258-478_468x427.jpg John Lennon and others have said that the inspiration for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds came from his son, Julian (pictured with his father), who was then a child and drew a picture of his classmate Lucy

 

A British woman named Lucy Vodden, whose maiden name was O'Donnell, revealed in 2007 that she had been the source of the song. She died in 2009.

 

Despite the explanation of the song's origins, the debate about its ties to LSD has persisted, in part due to the song's swooning melody and strange lyrics.

 

It was one of the most popular songs on an album Rolling Stone magazine ranks as No. 1 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

The draft Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds lyrics will be sold at an auction scheduled for May 14 and 15 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1376901/John-Lennons-handwritten-lyric-sheet-Lucy-Sky-Diamonds-set-sell-200k.html#ixzz1JWQjchhl

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