Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McCartney Legal Move Halts Auction of Hey Jude Lyrics

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McCartney Legal Move Halts Auction of Hey Jude Lyrics

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Byline: STANDARD REPORTER

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY succeeded at the High Court yesterday in stopping the auction of his own hand-written lyrics for the song Hey Jude - which he claimed disappeared from his home.

Lawyers for the former Beatle won an order preventing Christie's from selling the star lot, estimated to fetch up to ?80,000, at a sale today of pop memorabilia in London.

The lyrics will now stay at Christie's South Kensington headquarters until ownership is decided by agreement or a trial.

Richard Meade, representing Sir Paul, told Mr Justice Laddie that the words had a great emotional value to his client, as the song was written to cheer up Julian Lennon when parents John and Cynthia Lennon were going through a divorce.

The court was told that the lyrics were sent for auction by Frenchman Florrent Tessier - ironically selling the document to pay for his own divorce proceedings.

Mr Tessier said he bought the lyrics at Portobello Road Market when he was a student in 1971 or 1972. …

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