Update, April 7, 12:32PM: Christie’s has posted that the manuscript sold for $1,205,000. A statement from Tom Lecky, Christie’s head of books and manuscripts, said that the auction was “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.”
Singer-songwriter Don McLean is selling his original manuscript and notes to “American Pie.”
The wistful anthem that asks “Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died?” is going on the auction block on Tuesday.
Christie’s says McLean is selling 16 pages that include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song.
It’s estimating that “American Pie” will sell for $1 million to $1.5 million.
The 8-minute-long “American Pie” was released in 1971. It was a No. 1 U.S. hit for four weeks in 1972.
McLean, a longtime Maine resident, says writing the song was “a mystical trip into his past.”