The Beatles’ handwritten lyrics to ‘while my guitar gently weeps’ up for auction
The Beatles' handwritten lyrics to 'while my guitar gently weeps' up for auction
Published on: January 12, 2020 | Last Updated: January 12, 2020 9:43 PM EST
Members of the Beatles, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, cross Abbey Road in London, Britain, August 8, 1969. Picture taken August 8, 1969. IAIN MACMILLAN, APPLE CORPS / Iain Macmillan, Apple Corps
Handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps have gone up for auction for a staggering $195,000.
The words were etched on the back of a studio recording sheet by Fab Four members George Harrison and Ringo Starr while the group was working on its iconic, self-titled “White Album” at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1968.
According to handwriting expert Frank Caizzo, Harrison wrote the lyric, “I look at you all, see the love there that’s sleeping,” at the top of the page and, “While my Guitar Gently weeps as I’m sitting here doing nothing but aging still my guitar G W,” at the bottom, as Starr scribbled the lyrics in between.
“It is complete with his misspellings, a Ringo trademark, and shows him working out one of the misspelled words on the side,” Caizzo wrote in a letter of authenticity posted to auction website Moments in Time.
He added: “(The Beatles) song lyrics, such as these, are rarely ever found in private collections.”