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Beatles contract fetches £365k at auction

Contract fetches £365,000 at auction. Credit: Sotheby's

The contract that launched The Beatles' career has fetched £365,000 at auction.

It is the only management contact signed by the final Beatles line-up (John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) and their manager Brian Epstein.

It was signed by them all on October 1 1962, just four days ahead of the release of their first single Love Me Do.

The document was sold at Sotheby's "Rock & Pop" auction.

Beatles guitars to go on display in Liverpool

The guitar created by Hofner for Sir Paul McCartney to play at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012

Four one-off replica guitars used by Paul McCartney and John Lennon will be loaned to the Beatles Story in the Albert Dock as part of their 25th birthday celebrations.

The Höfner guitars- a Vintage 500/1 Bass, the Paul McCartney 500/1 Backup Bass, the Jubilee 500/1 Bass and the Club 40 John Lennon re-issue Guitar -will go on display in the Paul McCartney and John Lennon solo rooms in the Albert Dock on 12th June until 12th September.

ofner replicas of some of Lennon and McCartney's famous guitars

Martin King at the Beatles Story said:

“Our visitors will just love these. It is particularly fitting that we have them in a few days before Paul McCartney’s 73rd birthday too. The fact that they are so rare and that they will never be made again will really appeal to Beatles super-fans.”

Nick Wass, Marketing Manager at Höfner GmbH said: “We are delighted to have been invited by the Beatles Story to be part of their 25th anniversary celebrations. We have been associated with The Beatles and the great city of Liverpool for many years and it is brilliant to still be part of this wonderful heritage. Happy Birthday from Germany!”

– Martin King, The Beatles Story


Beatles autographs go under the hammer

A piece of paper signed by the Beatles is set to fetch a four figure sum at auction today. It'll go under the hammer along with a microphone used by the band at Abbey Road studios at a sale in Northamptonshire.

Beatles signatures

A full set of Beatles autographs on the one sheet of paper has added rarity value and the condition is very good too.

– Jonathan Humbert of J P Humbert Auctioneers
Microphone used in Beatles recordings

The signatures are set to be estimated at £1000-1500 and the microphone £400-600.

John Lennon's former home to go under the hammer

The house where John Lennon learned to play guitar is up for auction today. The property, on Blomfield Road in Liverpool, was once owned by his mother Julia. Although Lennon lived mostly with his Aunt Mimi nearby, he was a frequent visitor.

The three-bedroom home has been given a guide price of £120,000, but auctioneers are hoping it might attract much more from investors with an interest in The Beatles. Our reporter Tim Scott took a look around:

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