Unseen pictures of The Beatles to go on sale

Unseen photos of The Beatles are to go up for sale after lying in a family album for nearly 50 years.

A copy of a photograph of The Beatles performing during a closed set filming session for their film 'A Hard Days Night'. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The 20 black-and-white snaps have never been published and give a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Fab Four on the cusp of becoming a world phenomena. They were taken as the band filmed their first movie, A Hard Day's Night in March 1964 at the Scala Theatre in London.

The entire lot of photos have an estimate of £10,000 and will go on sale on May 19. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The photos show the band with their instruments but also between takes in off-guarded moments, with one picture of Ringo Starr resting on bricks to boost his height for the cameras.