This summer...
Scott Colothan

10:06 30th April 2010

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles classic 'A Day In The Life' are expected to fetch a massive $700,000 when they go under the hammer in New York this summer.


Sotheby's in New York will put the double sided piece of paper complete with lyrics and amendments in red pen on June 18th.

The song, rated as the 26th greatest of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, is the rousing finale of The Beatles' classic 1967 album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'

Promoting the lyric sheet sale, Sotheby's calls 'A Day In The Life' "the revolutionary song that marked the Beatles' transformation from pop icons to artists".

Music's weirdest memorabilia:
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  • A Madonna Material Bear. The likeness of Madge in her infamous wedding dress is uncanny we're sure you all agree. Like all limited-edition beanie bears this is now worth a shit-ton of money.

  • To celebrate the release of their album 'Life' in 1990, Inspiral Carpets' label issued this milk bottle as a press promo - complete with udder juice. The best part of two decades old, the milk turned into a green mould a long time ago, however, you can still but the empty glass bottles on eBay for around £15.

  • The undisputed kings of rock n' roll merchandise, KISS just about sell anything. Very few are stranger than their Mr Potato Head miniature figurines though. Genius.

  • As the old saying goes, it ain't Christmas without Bootsy Collins! Any loved one would truly treasure this gem of a present should they discover it when emptying their sack on Christmas morning.

  • JLS released their own range of condoms, with Aston's proving the most popular with, um, users.

  • This absolutely brilliant Rolling Stones lick phone was released in 1984. Ultra-limited edition, if you wanted to buy this for a Christmas present, you'd have to dig very deep in your pockets.

  • Shortly after the King of Pop's death, a highly realistic 'Thriller Doll' was released in Hong Kong at a cost of hundreds of dollars. It was nice enough, but this Yamoto Toys USA creation truly captures the spirit and essence of Jacko.

  • Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen takes My Little Ponies and transforms them into likenesses of famous faces. Our personal favourite is this 'My Little Lady Gaga'.

  • You're follically challenged and desperately want to look like the Fab Four. What do you do? You buy this lump of plastic and stick it on your head, that's what. Issued in the early sixties, they don't make merchandise like this any more.

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  • The ultimate piece of KISS merchandise, the rock veterans launched their KISS Kasket in 2001. The coffin retailed for $4,000 and one of its selling points was that it was entirely waterproof and could serve as a cooler in life. Murdered Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one.

  • If you're not a fan of KISS but love guitar music, then maybe this coffin is the thing for you? British casket makers Vic Fearn and Company are behind this design.

  • In October 2009 Rammstein issued this ultra-limited edition box set of their new album 'Liebe ist für Alle da' ('Love Is There For Everyone'). Somewhat aptly considering the record's title, it's packed with six pink dildos of various sizes, handcuffs and lubricant. A true box of delights.

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