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Rare Beatles guitar goes on display before sale

A rare guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison. Credit: PA

A rare guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison worth about £150,000 will go on display in London this week.

The Beatles VOX guitar, a custom prototype made in 1966 and later given to "Magic Alex" Mardas, a friend of the band, will be unveiled at The Stafford London hotel in St. James's Palace.

After going on display from Thursday to Saturday it will be taken to New York for auction.

The guitar, one of a few known to exist that was played by both Lennon and Harrison, will be sold at Julien's Auctions on May 1.


Beatles fans break singing world record

Beatles fans gathered in Liverpool on Friday for a record-breaking singalong to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first single.

More than a thousand singers broke the world record for "singing in a round" Credit: ITV Granada
They sung the Beatles' first hit, 'Love Me Do', which was released in 1962. Credit: ITV Granada
The Guinness World Records counted 1631 singers, breaking the old record of 897 Credit: ITV Granada

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.


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Lennon and McCartney homes listed

ITN Cameraman Keith Edwards films a Beatles tribute act outside the newly listed former home of John Lennon in Liverpool Credit: ITV NEWS

The houses John lennon and Paul McCartney grew up in have been awarded a grade 2 listing by the government. English heritage say the two buildings are important because some Beatles songs were written there; unlike the former homes of Ringo Starr and George Harrison.