Beatles 'Blackbird' Skateboard Gets $27k

Tony Hawk skateboard with McCartney's hand-written Beatles lyrics a win for charity

December 14, 2012
By James Massey

(Source: - A Skateboard owned by famed boarder Tony Hawk, with hand-written Beatles "Blackbird" lyrics added by Paul McCartney, fetched $27,116 for charity on eBay.

The heavily-used skateboard, covered with Hawk’s personal decal's, was from his first pro skate demo in Mumbai, India in 2011. The board featured hand-written Beatles 'Blackbird" lyrics which were later added and signed, by Paul McCartney himself.

In the eBay listing Hawk explained why he picked McCartney's "Blackbird," stating; “I just figured why not go for broke and go to the top? I was stoked because it’s one his few songs where all the lyrics would easily fit on the board, and it’s one he wrote by himself. I actually met him at around the time I was trying to get this project going. He knew who I was and said his grandson was into skating and that he’d tried it once and fell. It gave me chills thinking that Paul McCartney might get hurt skating. There’s only one of these boards, so I’ll probably have to put some bids in on this.”

The fundraising event which was facilitated on eBay by AuctionCause, teamed legendary musicians (Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Adam Yauch, Ben Harper, and Others) with the Tony Hawk Foundation to raise funds for free public skateboard parts in low income communities.

Video: Paul McCartney - Blackbird (Live from Good Evening New York City)

Auction Data & Statistics

The Skateboard received 53 bids from 12 bidders over the course of 10 days. The opening bid on December 3rd, was 99 cents. The final bid was $27,116. The eBay view-counter recorded over 11,400 visitors to the listing. The auction ended on Thursday, December 13th (2012), at 6:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

For more information and close-up photos of the album see; **eBay auction listing; #181036113124 (auction links may expire after 90 days).

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