Paul McCartney's English high school book sells for big bucks at auction

The notebook Paul McCartney used for his English Literature course at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys sold for 10 times its estimate Tuesday at auction in Liverpool, when a 15-minute bidding war between two fans brought the gavel down at just under $62,000.

The book includes the 17-year-old McCartney's thoughts on such literary works as Paradise Lost and The Return of the Native, along with a few doodles.

Judging by the grading and notes, the future legend was a decent enough student, though teacher Alan “Dusty” Durband did challenge some of his ideas, at one point telling him, “I’d answer the question first before challenging its truth.”

Also sold at the auction was a pair of John Lennon's gold-rimmed glasses that was given to his designer friend Barry Finch in 1967. That brought in just under $13,000. But a 1978 cassette of unreleased recordings by George Harrison failed to sell.

On May 9th at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, another auction of Fab Four memorabilia will be held with the big item up for bids being John Lennon's personal copy of the butcher-cover Yesterday and Today.

John "personalized" this pre-production pressing with his signature sketches and a personal message, and traded it to Beatles collector and former Capitol Records promo man Dave Morrell in exchange for some memorabilia and bootleg items. Morrell, who also had Paul and Ringo sign it, auctioned it off in 2017 for $100,000. The person who bought it then is now trying to flip it for a profit.

 
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