Lyrics for 'Candle in the Wind' raise $400,000 for charity

THE original lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997", the highest- selling single in history, were sold for $400,000 at a charity auction in Los Angeles to a foundation created by Walt Disney's daughter.

The song, which opened with the phrase "Goodbye English Rose", was sung by Elton John at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, watched by an estimated two billion people.

The British lyricist Bernie Taupin, who rewrote the words of John's classic 1973 tribute to Marilyn Monroe, put the four-page draft up for sale. "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold 35 million copies world-wide in the two months after its release. In December John, a friend of the Princess, handed over a first instalment of $33m in royalties to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, set up to support her favourite charities.

Taupin's original manuscript at a single stroke brought in $442,500 that will go to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. It was purchased by the Lund Foundation, a non-profit group set up by Sharon Disney Lund to fund programmes for disadvantaged children.

The draft included three hand-written pages with occasional crossings- out, and a final type-written version signed by Taupin and Elton.

It was offered for sale by Christie's International at Cicada, the Los Angeles restaurant owned by Taupin's wife Stephanie.

The auctioneer was Lord Hindlip, the Christie's chairman, who also presided last year over the charity sale of dresses from Diana's collection that fetched $3.3m.

Bidding began at $48,000. Taupin, who has often collaborated with John, said the bidding went "beyond our wildest dreams", adding: "I was not prepared to stay in the room while the thing was going on, but I got swept away by the whole thing. It was incredibly exciting and I've never really witnessed anything like that before."

Asked why he gave it up for sale, he said: "It's better doing that with it than letting it gather dust in a drawer. Four hundred thousand dollars for a charity that is one of the finest in the country, you can't really argue with that.

"It's an amazing, amazing charity, something that my wife and I have supported for a long time."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing & Sales Manager

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A reputable organisation within the leisure i...

Tradewind Recruitment: Science Teacher

£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...

Recruitment Genius: Doctors - Dubai - High "Tax Free" Earnings

£96000 - £200000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Looking for a better earning p...

Recruitment Genius: PHP Developer

£32000 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A rapidly expanding company in ...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert