Paul McCartney’s teen doodle snapped up by fan who pays £3,764 for ONE dog-eared sketch

A rudimentary doodle drawn by Paul McCartney  when he was a teenager has fetched £3,764 at auction.

The rare sketches, done by the Beatle during  the late 1950s when he was studying at the Liverpool Institute High School For  Boys, was sold by PFC Auctions last night amid a flurry of last minute bids.

The drawings, multiple faces showing  different expressions on a single sheet of paper, are rendered in pencil.

Rare: The set of hand-drawings was said by auction house PFC to be a 'rare' lot to come up for saleRare: The set of hand-drawings was said by auction house  PFC to be a ‘rare’ lot to come up for sale

The piece of work (we call it that now; then  no doubt McCartney meant it as no more than idle doodles) measures 12.5in by  8in and is in good condition, with the exception of a small tear in the  bottom  right hand corner.

The character studies may not seem to be the  most accomplished pre-cursor to an illustrious art career, but the sketch offers  a charming insight into McCartney’s fascination with the art  world.

For more than two decades McCartney has been  a dedicated artist and his paintings have been met with critical  acclaim.

The Beatles and Wings star has said he finds  art as much of an outlet for his creativity as music.

‘What I find is that I do it when I  am  inspired, and that’s how I can combine it with music,’ he says. ‘Some days the  inspiration is a musical one and other days it has got to be  painting’.

Dedication to art: McCartney at an exhibition of his works at a Liverpool galleryDedication to art: McCartney at an exhibition of his  works at a Liverpool gallery

But despite showing early interest and,  indeed, an early talent for art – he won a prize at the age of 14 for a drawing  he did of St Aidan’s church on the Speke housing estate where he lived -  McCartney was long reticent about his talents, saying he felt inhibited by his  lack of formal training.

‘I felt that only people who had gone to art  college were allowed to paint,’ he admitted – although it has to be said a lack  of formal music training never held him back from performing well in that arena  either.

Formal training or not, his natural talent is  undeniable. An ink drawing of his provided inspiration for the artwork for the  Sgt Pepper album cover – which won wide acclaim, and was deemed by Beatles  biographer Bill Harry to be the most recognisable album cover in the world.

In 1999 McCartney’s work was  displayed in a  solo exhibition, Paul McCartney: Paintings, in Germany in 1999, curated by  Wolfgang Suttner and has hung in various galleries in  the UK too.

A coffee table book of his works with the  same name was released the following year and his signed lithographs now sell  for around £5,000 each.

Not bad for an untrained  artist.



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