Thursday, January 22, 2015

Artifact: Paul McCartney 1980s Handwritten Poem To Spike Milligan

From a batch of new Beatles-related items at Track Auctions

A double sided piece of white paper which features a drawing and poem in the hand of Paul McCartney in blue ballpoint pen. The item was given to British comedian Spike Milligan in the late 1980s. All four members of Beatles were fans of Spike Milligan and stayed in contact with him up until his death in 2002. Paul McCartney would often visit Milligan at his home in Rye, East Sussex for tea. The front of the paper shows a drawing of a couple that is entitled The Nutters of Starvecrow Lane. The back of the paper contains the poem which is entitled THE POET OF DUMBWOMAN'S LANE. This poem is from the estate of Spike Milligan. The paper measures 21cm x 29.5cm (8.25 inches x 11.75 inches). It has previously been folded, leaving a vertical and horizontal crease mark across the middle. The condition of the poem is excellent.

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