Thu 01-15-98 03:04 pm

HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY FOR THE ORIGINAL LYRICS TO ‘CANDLE IN THE WIND ’97?

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Now that Elton John has sold 35 million copies of “Candle In The Wind 97,” lyricist Bernie Taupin is going to do the “write thing” and auction off the original lyrics for charity.

Taupin’s original lyrics to the Princess Di tribute will be auctioned off February 11 in Los Angeles by the Christie’s auction house.

The lyric sheet includes lines that didn’t make it such as Loveliness we’ve lost/ There empty days without your smile/ This torch we’ll always carry/ For our nation’s golden child.

The lyrics also include a big change from the opening line: “Goodbye England’s Rose” was originally “Goodbye English Rose.”

Money raised from the auction will go to The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and will benefit Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

Because the lyrics are so closely associated with Di’s death, Christie’s officials say it’s in poor taste to estimate how much the lyrics will fetch.

CONTACT: Beth Shepherd (Press Contact); LA; (310) 385-^^^^

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