They won't be auctioned - but now the star faces a wait until ownership is established...
Paul McCartney has won a High Court order blocking the auction of handwritten lyrics to ‘HEY JUDE’ which he says disappeared from his home.
The lyrics were expected to fetch up to £80,000 at a pop memorabilia auction at Christie’s in London tomorrow (May 1). The lyric sheet will now stay at Christie’s headquarters until ownership is established by trial or agreement.
The lyrics were sent for auction by Florrent Tessier, who bought them in Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London when he was a student in 1971 or 1972.
Tossier did not realise the lyrics were authentic until he had them valued by Sotheby’s six years ago.
High Court judge Mr Justice Laddie said John Lennon described ‘Hey Jude’ as one of Paul McCartney masterpieces, and it became a best-selling single worldwide.
He said the lyrics offered for sale are not the final words sung on record and appeared to be an earlier version. If it was sold tomorrow, it may go to a foreign buyer and leave the jurisdiction, making recovery far more difficult – if not impossible.
Christie’s had proposed that Paul McCartney bid for the lyrics himself. That is a “highly unattractive proposal”, said the judge.
Mr Justice Laddie added that he hopes the case could be resolved between Paul McCartney and Tessier without coming to court.