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Beatles' only management contract goes up for sale

The historic contract goes to auction at the end of the month Credit: PA

The contract that launched The Beatles' career goes to auction at the end of the month and could fetch up to half a million pounds. The only management contract signed by the four band members and Brian Epstein will be up for grabs at Sotheby's on September 29th. It was signed by them all on October 1 1962, just four days ahead of the release of their first single Love Me Do.

"Without this contract, and the relationship it represents, it seems inconceivable that the Beatles could have achieved all that they did: it took more than inspired musicianship and song-writing to remake popular music. "The presentation, direction, and internal harmony of the Beatles all owed a huge amount to Brian Epstein. He was, as Paul McCartney has acknowledged, the Fifth Beatle."

– Gabriel Heaton Sotheby's

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Hemingway rolls back the years in Morecambe

Designer Wayne Hemingway is heading the festival Credit: PA

Morecambe is rolling back the years this weekend as the seafront hosts a festival full of vintage cars, music and fashion. Designer Wayne Hemingway are heading the Vintage festival and today there'll be a military fly past. Tomorrow hundreds of cars will arrive for the Morecambe Vintage Car Rally.

Gormley works go on show in Southport

Gormley's Another Place statues on Crosby Beach Credit: PA

A series of new works on paper by Antony Gormley will go on show for the first time today. They form part of a solo exhibition at The Atkinson in Southport called Elemental. The opening of Elemental marks the tenth anniversary of Gormley's Another Place installation on nearby Crosby beach. The installation comprises 100 cast iron sculptures of the artist's own body facing towards the sea. The new series was produced by Gormley in 2014.

Anthony Gormley Credit: PA

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