A "Holy Grail" original recording by The Beatles that spent years in a loft will go on sale next month. The 1962 record of Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl is expected to fetch around £10,000 amid worldwide interest from Beatles fans.
The disc was pressed at the HMV record store on Oxford Street before the group's manager Brian Epstein handwrote the title tracks and presented it to record company boss George Martin in 1962.
"This is one of those Holy Grail items, like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves. "This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brian Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. "It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets."
The record is being sold on behalf of Les Maguire of Gerry and the Pacemakers, The valuable recording has been locked away in Mr Maguire's loft until now. It'll go up for sale at Omega Auctions in Warrington on March 22.
Their last recordings as a group were in 1970, but the Beatles are now said to be worth more than 80 million pounds a year to the economy of Liverpool.
A report has found the value of the Fab Four to their home city is rising every year and could grow even more in future.
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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.
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!”
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.
A full set of Beatles autographs on the one sheet of paper has added rarity value and the condition is very good too.
The signatures are set to be estimated at £1000-1500 and the microphone £400-600.