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1968 John Lennon Signed Publishing Agreement Wild Honey Pie (The White Album)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,088.00

Presented is a very rare and significant original Beatles document signed by John Lennon. This is a publishing agreement for "Wild Honey Pie," formally signed by Lennon as composer. This song was released on the group's 1968 record The White Album. This printed document (8 x 10 inches) includes blanks filled in with type, was signed in London, and dated October 15, 1968. The document is a submission sheet for the Performing Rights Society which, like ASCAP and BMI in the United States, collects royalties for composers for public performances including radio, television, theatre and even play on juke boxes. The document reads in part: "We, the undersigned, desire to notify you that we have agreed that all fees payable by the Society in respect of performances on and after 15th October 1968 of the work(s) entitled: -- 'WILD HONEY PIE' shall be divided between us in the following proportions instead of the normal proportions specified in the Society's authorized plan of division of fees for British works, namely, for original works, two-thirds to the writer or writers and one-third to the publisher, or, for arrangements of non-copyright music, as provided into the plan for divisions for graded works." Instead the agreement assigns one half ("6/12ths") of the royalties to "Maclen (Music) Ltd." which is the publishing partnership formed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and the other half (or again, "6/12ths") to the publishing concern, Northern Songs Ltd. On the line reserved for the composer's signature, Lennon has added his bold signature "John Lennon" ("10") in black felt-tip pen. Curiously, McCartney has not signed this document. By this point in the group's history, Lennon and McCartney were barely on speaking terms, which would offer one plausible explanation for the absence of McCartney's signature, although it is also possible that McCartney's signature was simply not required as Lennon was an authorized signer for Lennon and McCartney's Maclen Ltd. publishing partnership, or because the contract is also signed by Neil Aspinall as director of Maclen (Music) Ltd. ("10"). The document is very clean with only a light paperclip mark at the top right. This is a very rare official Lennon-signed Beatles document, directly relating to the legendary White Album, signed at the height of the Beatles' fame, and presenting an extraordinary example of a working document illustrating the complexities of the music business, which no doubt contributed to the breakup of the most successful group in the history of popular music. Excellent condition. LOAs from world-famous Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo and from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,088.00


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