Let Me Entertain You lyrics for Robbie Williams charity auction
A set of Robbie Williams lyrics to 'Let Me Entertain You' will be amongst the leading lots of a Bonhams charity sale this week.
The handwritten autographed set of lyrics, featuring the famous opening lines "Hell is gone and heaven's here, there's nothing left for you to fear, shake your arse come over here - now scream", are expected to sell for £4,000-£6,000.
Co-written with Williams' frequent collaborator Guy Chambers, the song peaked at number three in the UK charts, and went on to sell more than 300,000 copies. It quickly became the opening song for almost every one of Williams' live shows, with notable performances coming at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 and at the Live 8 Concert at Hyde Park in 2005.
"Let Me Entertain You is a track synonymous with the 1990s," said Natalie Downing, Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Specialist. "You'd hear it playing on every radio station, and all over TV screens. It was incredibly popular, and the video, featuring Robbie's painted face, showed a surprising new direction for a musician who'd once been the poster boy for pop-band, Take That. At Bonhams sale we're offering lyrics from this world famous track, written by Robbie himself."
Further notable lots from the auction include the jacket worn by Williams during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, estimated at £4,000-£6,000; a cream, two-piece military-style suit worn in the video for the 2004 single Radio, valued at £5,000-£7,000; an MTV Music Video Award given to Take That in 1994, estimated at £2,000-£3,000; and a Multi-Platinum award for the 1998 album I've Been Expecting You, priced at £2,500-£3,000.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Donna Louise Children's Hospice in Williams' home city of Stoke-on-Trent.
'Doing it for the Kids', The Robbie Williams Collection Sale, takes place at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on July 15.
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