Did Carly Simon Auction Off the Identity of Who “You’re So Vain” Was About for $50,000?

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MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Carly Simon auctioned off the identity of who “You’re So Vain” was about for $50,000!

One of the great mysteries of pop music is who is the “mystery man” behind Carly Simon’s 1972 smash hit, “You’re So Vain.”

The song rips apart a vain man and has the striking chorus, “You’re so vain, I bet you think this song is about you.”

Various suggested targets have been Simon’s ex-husband James Taylor, actor Warren Beatty and musician Mick Jagger (who sang back-up on the song).

Beatty is the only one of those three who Simon has not said “no” to over the years (although, who knows if she was being genuine when she turned down the others)

In any event, in 2003, Simon offered up for a charity auction the secret behind the song.
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