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'American Pie' bakes up big bucks

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 00:56

Don McLean's working manuscript for the classic song sells at auction for $1.2 million (USD). Alicia Powell reports.

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A slice of music history goes for $1.2 million (USD) at Christie's. Songwriter Don McLean's original working manuscript for "American Pie," one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, is now listed in the third position of the highest price paid for American lyrics at auction. It fell short of the $2 million record set for Bob Dylan's hand-written lyrics for "Like A Rolling Stone" but was not far behind the price paid for John Lennon's "A Day in the Life." McLean's hand-written and typed drafts include notes and deletions, giving clues to the meaning of the eight-minute song that has had countless interpretations since it was released in 1971. "American Pie" was named a Song of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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'American Pie' bakes up big bucks

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 00:56