Some of the original handwritten lyrics to Elton John‘s best-known hits are expected to reach at least $1.3 million after being put up for sale by Bernie Taupin’s ex-wife.
They include the first draft of his iconic hits ‘Your Song’, ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Bennie and the Jets’.
Maxine Taupin, who was married to Taupin from 1971 to 1976 and the inspiration for Tiny Dancer, is also set to auction off the lyrics for ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’ and ‘The Border Song’.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, she explained that she could not remember how she wound up with the valuable lyrics after her divorce.
“You don’t just normally sit in a room and divide things up, but it might have happened like that,” she said.
“I don’t really remember the moment. But some of them were framed on a wall in my home and other ones were in a bank vault, perfectly preserved.”
She added: “When I heard the finished songs, I was instantly transported to that magical place these two creative forces have been taking us all to for so many years.”
Ms Taupin, who last saw Elton perform in 2004, said that she decided to cash in on the lyrics in the wake of ‘Rocketman’s success.
The auction will take place at Bonhams Auction House in Los Angeles on December 9, where individual items have estimates of between $30,000 – $250,000.
Earlier this week, Rod Stewart revealed he was in the midst of a spat with Elton John, after criticising the ‘Rocketman’ singer’s decision to head out on an extensive farewell world tour.
“I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat,” he said on Scottish Radio.
“Because I criticized his tour as being money-grabbing.”
Elton also recently discussed his battles with drugs and alcohol in recent memoir ‘Me’. The book sees him recalling the time he hijacked a Rolling Stones show while high on cocaine, as well as the moment when he mistook Bob Dylan for his gardener while high – describing him as “scruffy”.