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'Love' lyrics fetch $1 million

July 30, 2005|From Times wire services

Money can't buy you love, but it can get you a bit of Beatles history. John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "All You Need Is Love," salvaged from his music stand after the Beatles' final TV appearance in 1967, have sold at auction in London for $1 million.

A woman working for the BBC at the time retrieved the manuscript from beneath Lennon's music stand. She provided a letter of authenticity for Thursday's sale. It was among a trove of Lennon memorabilia that fetched $1.75 million during the sale at London's Hippodrome nightclub.

The tunic of a World War I military bandsman, worn by Lennon for a 1966 Life magazine photo shoot -- and a possible inspiration for the group's martial look on the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- sold for $175,000.

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