A record $400,000 was paid out at a benefit auction Wednesday night for the original lyric sheets to "Candle In The Wind '97." On the block were three pages of handwritten lyrics and a typed version autographed by Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. The winning bid came from another charity-the non-profit Lund Foundation, a group that funds programs for disadvantaged children.
The documents had been faxed from Taupin to John after the former reworked the words to the original version of Candle in the Wind. Taupin donated the lyrics to a fundraiser staged at his wife's restaurant, Cirada, in downtown Los Angeles, for the benefit of the couple's favorite charity, the L.A. Children's Hospital.
The donation was made in the name of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The auction duties were handled by Christie's.
Previous high priced pop lyrics include just over $100,000 shelled out for the written words to "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,"
by John Lennon, and $250,000 for Paul McCartney's lyrics for "Getting Better," also from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album.