There could be a serious pay-day in store for a builder based in the UK. This very same builder found the sketches that Sir Paul McCartney had commissioned for his classic “psychedelic” piano in the garbage (rubbish). These sketches could worth in excess of $2,500 or the UK equivalent £2,000.
Found in an old mill near Manchester in 1999, team leader Andy Clynes, noticed the papers were mingled in with other waste. After sorted through the waste paper, Andy made the decision to keep the sketches and stored them in his loft. 20 years later he decided to get them valued, and it’s a good job he did.
The designs go back to 1967 and are now expected to go under the hammer at Omega Auctions and command around $2,500. Along with the other papers from his awesome find, which will be auctioned in a separate sale, the total haul is expected to reach a total of $10,500. Not too shabby indeed.
Andy Clynes told the PA news agency: “I picked them out of the skip. The case burst open as it was thrown in. It was raining and I just picked up what I could. I imagine there was a lot more there but it was damaged.”
The haul of papers found outlined a large handwritten list of commissions that had been handed to the 1960s art collective BEV.
BEV was busy at the time, and as well as McCartney’s piano design drawings, the papers included commissions for the Kinks’ album cover art for ‘Sunny Afternoon.’
When asked why he thought the paper was in the garbage, Andy was at a loss: “It could have been an art studio at some time or another,” he said.
“I’ve had them for 20-odd years. You put things away and forget about them and then something triggers your mind. “I haven’t planned what I’ll do with the money yet but I was surprised about the value.”
He explained: “I Googled ‘Paul McCartney’s piano’ and when I looked at the drawing it was very similar.” Auctioneer Paul Fairweather elaborated: “It’s fantastic that such an important archive was recovered and even better for our vendor that it should prove a lucrative decision to save them from the skip,” Adding: “The designs of BEV encapsulate the optimism, excitement and free spirit of collaboration that ensures that the late 1960s endure in the popular consciousness even to this day.”
The sketches and designs for McCartney’s piano will be up for grabs at the Beatles vinyl and memorabilia sale at Omega Auctions, which takes place on March 24th2020.
As for the rest of Andy’s papers, they will be auctioned off later this year.
The design for Sir Paul McCartney’s piano (Omega Auctions)