George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ up for auction

If you have a spare £150k lying around....

The original handwritten lyrics for George Harrison’s Beatles song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ are going on auction.

At a starting bid of $195,000 (£150,353), a fan could end up owning the original notes for Harrison’s classic track on the band’s 1968 album ‘The Beatles’ (aka ‘The White Album’). It’s the only Beatles song to include a guitarist outside the band: Eric Clapton.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr annotated the lyrics with early examples of the songs lyrical content. See an image of the lyrics going on auction here.

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In the documentary The Beatles Anthology (1995/96), Harrison recalls asking Clapton to collaborate on the song. “I was driving into London with Eric and I said, ‘What are you doing today? Why don’t you come to the studio and play on this song for me?’” [quote via Cheatsheet.com].

Meanwhile, a pair of sunglasses once worn by John Lennon sold at an auction in December 2019 for £137,500.

The former Beatle – who was shot dead outside his New York apartment on December 8, 1980 – mistakenly left a pair of Oliver Goldsmith glasses in the back of Ringo Starr‘s car in the summer of 1968. They sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London.

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