A Bea­tles High Note

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FOR THOSE WHO see the world through kalei­do­scope eyes, Sotheby’s of­fered a rare piece of mu­sic mem­o­ra­bilia on De­cem­ber 10: John Len­non’s Sgt. Pep­per- era home pi­ano. Len­non used the John Broad­wood & Sons up­right (es­ti­mated to sell for be­tween $1.2 mil­lion and $1.8 mil­lion) to com­pose “Lucy in the Sky With Di­a­monds” and other Bea­tles clas­sics.

The auc­tion fea­tured scores of rock trea­sures, in­clud­ing Bob Dy­lan’s fi­nal 1962 man­u­script for “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which fea­tures the No­bel lau­re­ate’s hand­writ­ten cor­rec­tions and sig­na­ture (with a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $300,000 to $500,000), and the Ea­gles’ orig­i­nal 1976 man­u­script for “Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia” (ex­pected to bring be­tween $500,000 and $700,000).

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