• Don McLeans American Pie: The  auction at Christies
    Sale 3728

    Don McLean's 'American Pie': The Original Lyrics

    7 April 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

    Sale total including buyer’s premium: USD 1,205,000

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    On April 7, Don McLean’s original working manuscript for “American Pie” sold for $1,205,000 (£809,524/€1,109,182) in Christie’s dedicated sale of Don McLeans American Pie: The Original Manuscript.  Arguably the most iconic and recognizable American song of the Twentieth Century, the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts named it a “Song of the Century.” The complete working manuscript and typed drafts for the song was written in Cold Spring, NY and Philadelphia, PA, 1970-71.

    Tom Lecky, Head of Department, Books & Manuscripts, comments: “Don McLean’s manuscript of ‘American Pie’ achieved the 3rd highest auction price for an American literary manuscript, a fitting tribute to one the foremost singer-songwriters of his generation. This result is a testament to the creative genius of Don McLean and to the song’s ability to still engage and inspire.”

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