A collector paid a shock figure to secure the original manuscript of Your Song, Elton John’s hit
The sheet went to the highest bidder for $ 237,500 (215 thousand euros).
The first and only draft text of the lyricist Bernie Taupin was sold by the auction houses Bonhams, Monday (9 December).
Among the other manuscripts ended up in the auction also Bennie and the Jets, a song by Elton from 1973, sold for a sum higher than 87 thousand dollars (77 thousand euros) and The Border Song, with original annotations by the rock star, beaten for 31,325 dollars (28 thousand euro).
To give Bonhams the lyrics was Taupin’s ex-wife, Maxine, the woman who inspired the hit Tiny Dance.
Maxine Taupin remembers the first time she heard the Elton John song “Tiny Dancer.” But, then again, the moment would be impossible for her to forget.
“I knew it was about me,” she told The Post. “I had been into ballet as a little girl and sewed patches on Elton’s jackets and jeans” — both references in the song.
“I had goosebumps,” she recalled of that first listen, at London’s Trident Studios in 1971.
“Elton was on one side of me and Bernie was on the other. That song was like having your really good friends give you the best gift you could ever receive.”
”Bernie” is her ex-husband, Bernie Taupin, who has written most of John’s best lyrics.
Hand-written Elton John lyrics for “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road”.Bonhams
On Monday, Maxine, who is 67 and resides in Los Angeles, is auctioning off handwritten lyrics to some of Taupin and John’s most iconic collaborations, including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind” and “Your Song.” The sale, held at Bonhams in LA, comprises six lyric sheets — some annotated by John — with estimates as high as $250,000 each.
Taupin and John have long shared an unusual collaborative relationship, with the singer only composing the music after he’d read the lyrics.
“I just go to the studio and there are lyrics waiting for me and I look through them and see which one I want to start with, and then I try and write a song,” John told Jimmy Kimmel in 2016. “I never, ever know what the lyrics are gonna be up-front.”
Maxine recalled being at Château d’Hérouville in northwestern France, in 1973, while Taupin and John were working on the album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
“We all stayed in one building,” Maxine remembered. “Bernie would be up in our bedroom, writing lyrics. When finished, he would show them to me. Next morning, he’d walk downstairs to the dining room to see Elton for breakfast. There was a piano there and that is where Elton composed the music. Then Elton would give the lyrics back to Bernie and I would put them into folders for safe keeping. Over the years, I [started keeping]them in a temperature-controlled vault.”