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  • John Lennon's Mr Kite lyrics valued at $250,000 ahead of London sale
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    Paul Fraser
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John Lennon's Mr Kite lyrics valued at $250,000 ahead of London sale

A page of lyrics by John Lennon for the Beatles' Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite will lead a selection of high-profile lots in Christie's Pop Culture auction on June 20.

It's estimated to make £100,000-150,000 ($167,400-251,100) when it crosses the block in London.

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Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite is the seventh track on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The song is the seventh track on the seminal Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and was inspired by a circus poster, bought by Lennon in 1967, advertising Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal.

It was created in the rush to finish the album on time and features phrases from the poster assembled at random over disembodied organs and calliopes.

Handwritten lyrics from the Beatles are among the most sought after pieces of music memorabilia, with those examples pertaining to their best-known songs regularly achieving six figure sums.

In 2011, the words to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds made $237,000. The lyrics to A Day in the Life, one of the band's most critically lauded songs, sold for an impressive $1.2m in 2010 - just under the $1.25m paid for All You Need is Love in 2005.

Other Beatles lots in the sale include a page in McCartney's hand detailing the structure of the much-loved Hey Jude. It was used during the recording of the song in 1968 and comes with an estimate of £50,000-70,000 ($83,700-117,180).

Julian Lennon bought a different set of notes used during the recording for around £25,000 ($41,770) at Sotheby's London in 1996.

We have this extremely rare signed copy of A Hard Day's Night available - one of only 8-10 in existence.

A suit made for John Lennon to wear in the film version of A Hard Day's Night is coming up for auction at Bonhams on June 25 with an estimate of £20,000-30,000 ($33,000-50,000).

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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