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Beatles stage backdrop coming up for auction in the US

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling the item in New York City Credit: AP / Heritage Auctions

A large section of a stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during their first live concert in America 50 years ago is coming up for auction.

It could be sold for between £490,000 and £613 million.

Face caricatures accompany the signatures that the band penned between sets of their historic Ed Sullivan appearance on February 9, 1964.

A stagehand working that night is responsible for getting them to sign it.

Eighty-one-year-old Jerry Gort of Calabasas, California, says: "It was a spur of the moment thing."

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling it on April 26 in New York City.

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Rare Beatles recordings released

The rare Beatles recordings are expected to be released next week Credit: PA Images

Liverpool music legends the Beatles are to release a further album of early out-takes and rare recordings in what is thought to be a bid to give copyright protection to the old material.

The iTunes-only release will contain alternative studio versions and BBC sessions of familiar songs such as From Me To You and I Saw Her Standing There, all made half a century ago.

The album - which stretches to 59 tracks - has not been officially announced but the track listing has appeared on a Norwegian-based Beatles blog.

The website which reported the release, WogBlog, suggested that the collection, called The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963, is an effort to give the material copyright protection and stop it falling into the public domain.

The tracks would only be given protection following an official release.

This latest batch of tracks comes little over a month after a selection of recordings from archive BBC sessions hit the shelves.

The new selection includes multiple appearances for some tracks with There's A Place appearing in three different takes. It is reported to be due for release on Tuesday.

One in a million Beatles statue

A statue of a Beatles legend has been created that really is one in a million. No it's not one of the fab four, instead it's one of thier most famous characters - Eleanor Rigby. It was created by a Liverpudlian artist and is on display in Hull.

Now there is of course already a statue of Eleanor in Liverpool, but what makes this one of a kind is that the artist created her from one million pounds in cash.

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Lennon's jacket goes under the hammer

Jacket once worn by John Lennon

A rare jacket that once belonged to Beatles star John Lennon is to be auctioned today.

The teal blue jacket was once the property of Jo Jo Johns, personal assistant to the Beatles, who worked at the group's offices from 1968 to 1975 and cleared Lennon's house when he moved to America.

In the early 1970s she gave the jacket to her friend, Anthony Goddard, in Leicestershire.

The Nehru-style jacket was on display at Mr Goddard's home for more than 25 years, but is now going under the hammer.

Beatles autographs

It is being sold by Derbyshire auctioneers Hansons, alongside autographs by the Beatles themselves.

John Lennon has signed his signature three times on the page, making it slightly different to typical memorabilia.

The jacket is estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000 in the sale.

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Ringo publishes new book of Beatles pictures

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr seen during the this year's Chelsea Flower Show Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos, including previously unseen images of the Fab Four.

The drummer also tells his own stories about the pictures, which include images of his early years, his travels and his candid shots of the group.

Starr's book - called Photograph, which is also the name of one of his top 10 solo hits 40 years ago - will be released as an ebook, with hand-bound copies published later in the year.

Readers will be able to zoom in on photos and hear audio clips as he narrates the tales behind the images. They include reminiscences of his early years in Liverpool and his spell in hospital, during which he was given his first drum, together with memories of his first car, girlfriends and bands.

Starr has filmed videos for the digital version of the book with interviews, music and animation.

He said of the photos gathered together: "These are shots that no one else could have."

The 72-year-old musician previously issued a collection of postcards dating back to his Beatles days called Postcards From The Boys, released by Genesis Publications, which has also developed the new book.

The ebook is to be sold on the iTunes bookstore and released on June 12, with a limited edition print version of 2,500 copies out in December.

Author Hunter Davies donates Beatles lyrics

A Beatles biographer has donated his collection of Beatles memorabilia to the British Library. Hunter Davies befriended the stars in the 1960's. He says he wants his unique collection of letters and hand written lyrics to be kept intact.

"I want my Beatles collection to be kept together, in one place, and on public display, and the British Library is the perfect home for it. I have always been pleased to see them in the treasures gallery, next to the Magna Carta, and works by Shakespeare and Beethoven, because that's where I honestly think they belong."

– Hunter Davies
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