Paul McCartney collectibles

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2015-06-26 10:43:41

Sir Paul McCartney (born James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, England, on 18 June 1942) was a singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Beatles, the most successful rock band of the 20th century.

He still records and performs as a solo artist, and is the most commercially successful rock star to date. McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.

Cultural legacy

McCartney’s ongoing musical and cultural legacy makes him particularly sought-after on the collectors’ markets. With fellow Beatle John Lennon, he formed the most successful songwriting partnership of the 20th century.

Yesterday, a song written by McCartney and released by the Beatles in 1965, became the most popular song in history, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

Notable sales

Beatles group autographs

A Beatles 1964 signed letter from their concert tour in Australia signed by all four members, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in black ink was sold for $27,500 by Gotta Have It! Collectibles Inc in October 2010.

The letter was handwritten to Australian tour security supervisor Devon Minchin by Beatles press agent Derek Taylor on Australian airways Ansett Ana stationery. It thanks him for allowing “…the finest birds and the best boomerang-makers into the suites".

At the same October auction, Gotta Have It! sold another Beatles group autograph, a signed original 45 RPM record sleeve for their songs “She Loves You” and “I’ll Get You” for $25,000.

Signed lyrics

A Texas bookstore owner bought a rare page of working lyrics for Beatle Paul McCartney’s song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer for $192,000 at an auction of rock and pop memorabilia at Christie’s in 2010.

Guitars

A 10ft tall hand-painted Gibson Les Paul replica guitar signed by Paul McCartney was the star sale at the Gibson Guitartown London Charity Auction. It sold for £60,000. Paul McCartney said, “I’m really amazed and very happy that the guitar went for so much and for such a great cause.”

Classic cars

In May 2011, auctioneer Bonhams announced it would sell a 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 once owned by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 1 July 2011. The right hand drive car attracted a pre-sale estimate of £100,000–120,000, and eventually beat its estimate to sell for £122,500.

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