McLean’s ‘American Pie’ Manuscript Sells for $1.2 Million

Singer-Songwriter Don McLean
Don McLean performs live at the Great Western Festival near Lincoln, England, on May 29, 1972. Photographer: Michael Putland/Getty Images

The manuscript for Don McLean’s “American Pie,” which was partially written on paper he found in a trash can, sold for $1.2 million.

Christie’s in New York sold 16 pages of McLean’s handwritten lyrics and typed drafts for his 1971 hit that had a high estimate of $1.5 million.

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