'American pie' lyrics sold for $1.2 million

April 7, 2015 21:24

NEW YORK - Songwriter Don McLean's original working manuscript for "American Pie," one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, sold for $1.2 million, auctioneers Christie's said on Tuesday.

It fell short of the $2 million record set last year for Bob Dylan's hand-written lyrics for "Like A Rolling Stone."

Tom Lecky, head of the books and manuscripts department at Christie's, said the price was a fitting tribute to one of the foremost singer/songwriters of his generation.

"The result is a testament to the creative genius of Don McLean and to the song's ability to still engage and inspire," he said in a statement.

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.

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