The lyrics were handed to Gail Renard, then 16, at Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Montreal bed-in for peace in 1969. They are to be sold with other memorabilia, expected to fetch up to £300,000.
Renard, then a Montreal student, sneaked into the Queen Elizabeth Hotel with a friend, knocked on the door and asked Lennon and Ono for an interview for their university magazine. She ended up spending the rest of the week with the couple and formed a life-long friendship.
During the bed-in Lennon decided to record Give Peace A Chance, after which he gave the lyrics to Renard. He reportedly told her: “one day they will be worth something”.
The lyrics spent a number of years on a wall in Renard’s study before being moved to a vault for safety.
Also on this day...
- 1977: UK album release: Thrillington by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording, mixing: Octopus’s Garden
- 1967: John Lennon attends the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Eleanor Rigby, I’m Only Sleeping
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Edinburgh
- 1964: The Beatles are photographed with their Madame Tussauds wax figures
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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