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John Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance' Lyrics Sell for $833,654

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July 10: Writer Gail Renard in front of the handwritten lyrics for the song "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon that was sold in a Christie's auction in London. (AP)

Christie's auction house has sold John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Give Peace a Chance" for $833,654.

The lyrics were written during Lennon's 1969 Bed-in protest for peace at the Queens Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Christie's spokeswoman Zoe Schoon said Lennon gave the sheet to 16-year-old Gail Renard during the eight-day Bed-in.

Lennon wrote the lyrics and recorded the song in the hotel room with about 50 guests, who included singer Petula Clark and beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

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