Beatles manuscript nabs 1.2 million dollars at auction

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The original handwritten lyrics for the hit Beatles song "A Day in the Life" was sold at a Sotheby's auction Friday for 1.2 million dollars.

Bidding for the manuscript shot past expectations to reach 1,202,500 dollars. Sotheby's had expected a final price of between 500,000 and 700,000 dollars.

The single sheet of paper has lyrics on both sides, in John Lennon's handwriting. The song was the final cut on the band's eighth studio album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," released in 1967.

According to experts, the manuscript shows how Lennon and Paul McCartney composed their famous music.

The song, considered a turning point in the Beatles evolution from pop to more artistic music, was censured by the BBC when it was released because some believed it alluded to drug use.

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