Thursday, March 28, 2013

"I read the news today - oh boy!"

I read the news today oh, boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

And now we'll soon know how many dollars it takes to acquire a signed album containing the song from which that quote comes.

A "pristine" copy of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, released in 1967, autographed by John, Paul, George and Ringo on the gatefold above their photographs is to be auctioned this Saturday, 30 March. Dallas (Texas) based Heritage Auctions have said that advance bidding for the album passed $110,000 some days ago, and could surpass $150,000 by the time bidding is closed.
(AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

Am I the only one who sees this amount of money for such an item as kind of obscene? What would John Lennon think? I'd guess he'd be disgusted unless, of course, the money were going to some charitable cause.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...


Anonymous said...

I'm sure it's a better investment than Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's 100 million "donation" to child tracking:

Twilight said...

Anonymous ~ I don't doubt it'll prove to be a good investment, hold or increase value, as such things tend to do - something I find to be a complete mystery. But that's just me.

As for "Progressive billionaires" - sorry but that's an oxymoron. Oligarchs, the lot of 'em from both sides of the so-called political spectrum....which in effect really has just the one, oligarchic, side.

R J Adams said...

No, I agree with you entirely. Such amounts for any artwork are obscene. Let the artist(s) be paid a reasonable sum for their work. Maybe then they'd remain in the public domain, not hidden away in some billionaire's mansion. That album should be on public view in a museum.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ It'd be interesting to discover who buys the album, eventually.

Big$ said...

only cost me $290500

Twilight said...



Signed copy of The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper's' album auctions for $290,500