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John Lennon lyrics to Lucy in the Sky sell for £145,000

Lennon's handwritten lyrics
Image caption The lyrics are being sold by Los Angeles auction house Profiles in History

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds have sold $237,132 (£145,644) at an auction in the US.

The sale of the sheet, which features the song's third verse and the opening words to She's Leaving Home, took place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Both songs feature on 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

When Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was released it was speculated the song was about the mind-altering drug LSD.

Image caption Lennon drew a sketch, possibly of The Beatles, on the lyric sheet

However, The Beatles denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden - who died of the immune system disease Lupus in 2009.

Lennon's lyric sheet, also featured a drawing of four people in a room with draped curtains.

Complete with crossings out, the sheet reads: "Picture yourself on a train in a station, with plasticine porters with looking glass ties.

"Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile, the girl with kaleidoscope eyes."

From She's Leaving Home it featured the opening words: "Wednesday morning at..."

In June last year, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to A Day In The Life - the closing song from Sgt Pepper - sold for $1.2m (£810,000), well above the price expected.

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