Don McLean’s ‘Vincent’ Lyrics Set to Raise $1 Million at Auction

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Sep 21 (Reuters) – The original handwritten lyrics to Don McLean’s song ‘Vincent’, a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh, will go up for auction in November for an estimated $1million.

The lyrics to the song, which features on his best-selling album ‘American Pie’, were scribbled in pencil on green paper. The lyrics are now the star item in a collection of hundreds of personal items sold by the American singer-songwriter through Julien’s Auctions.

“I decided to really let go of a lot of things,” McLean, now 76, told Reuters. Among his treasure are 25 guitars, jewelry, stage clothes and vintage watches.

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Singer Don McLean poses for a portrait in New York, U.S., March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

First released in 1971, “Vincent” opens with the words “Starry, starry night” and is inspired by the Dutch painter’s famous work “The Starry Night”. McLean said he wrote the lyrics while looking at Van Gogh‘s painting.

“I said, damn it, I know what I’m going to do. I’m just going to look at the ‘Starry Night’ board and see if it speaks to me. Lo and behold, he almost wrote the whole song,” McLean said. .

“Vincent” is perhaps McLean’s most famous song after “American Pie,” the lyrics of which sold for $1.2 million at auction in 2015.

The auction will take place November 11-13, 2022 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York and online at Julien’s Auctions. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Don McLean Foundation.

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Reporting by Omar Younis; written by Aurora Ellis; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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