Better still, these said sketches, commissioned by McCartney, were discovered in a skip. It’s a stroke of luck that could lead Andy to a very healthy payday.
In 1999, Andy was leading a team at a mill in Manchester where he encountered the drawings. They’d simply been discarded with other waste. Until now, the sketches had been stored in his loft and left forgotten. Twenty years later, he’s had them valued.
The sketches for the piano, which was designed in 1967, are set to be sold at Omega Auctions. Other items found in the find are due to be auctioned off in a separate sale. In total, they’re expected to reach £10,000.
Andy remains uncertain as to why the papers were left in the skip in the first place, considering their value. The sketches outline a list of commissions, of which were handed to the 1960s art group BEV.
This amazing set of 15 #BagOne lithographs featuring drawings by #JohnLennon created for #YokoOno as a wedding gift are up for sale here March 24th. Each one hand signed by John & with the original vinyl carry bag, as sold by the galleries at the time. https://t.co/3a2j21brvX pic.twitter.com/IeekZO7JKc
— Omega Auctions (@OmegaAuctions) March 9, 2020
The sketches contain McCartney’s own ideas, as well as designs for the Kinks. This comes after the collective were scheduled to work on their album, ‘Sunny Afternoon’.
Talking about the find, Andy said: “I picked them out of the skip.The case burst open as it was thrown in. It was raining and I just picked up what I could. I imagine there was a lot more there but it was damaged.”
He added: “It could have been an art studio at some time or another,”
“I’ve had them for 20-odd years. You put things away and forget about them and then something triggers your mind.”
The builder admitted: “I haven’t planned what I’ll do with the money yet but I was surprised about the value.”