Donna Summer's Handwritten Lyrics For On the Radio Sold For $12,600
Manuscript lyrics for On the Radio realized $12,600 against its low estimate of $3,000, and Queen for a day went for $15,120, 30 times its low estimate of $500. Additionally, a manuscript notebook with sketches, lyrics and a list of Summer's songs sold for $25,200 against its low estimate of $800.
Photographs offered in the sale also performed well, notably, Two Polaroids of Donna Summer, sold for $13,860, almost 28 times against its low estimate.
Peter Klarnet, Christie’s Senior Specialist, said: “These fantastic results are a testament to the continuing relevance of Donna Summer's music in popular culture and the deep and enduring passion of her multi-generational fan base.”
The top lot of the sale was Billboard Disco Forum VI Award Presented to Donna Summer, 1979, which made $47,880. Overall, the auction achieved a total of $907,956, a portion of the proceeds designated to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Save The Music Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.