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Beatles backdrop proves fab flop

A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live US concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction.

Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said the company would now try to privately broker the 800,000-dollar (£476,000) plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on February 9 1964.

Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show were bought by a high-end collector who asked not to be named.

Those included a signed Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band original fan club poster for 59,375 dollars (£35,340) and a Beatles Meet the Beatles! signed stereo LP for 56,250 dollars (£33,480).

Autographs from the Beatles, Ed Sullivan and Brian Epstein from the 1964 performance sold for 125,000 dollars (£74,400).

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