Belfast Telegraph

Signed Beatles record under hammer

A copy of the Beatles' hit single Please Please Me, signed on both sides by the Fab Four, is expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction.

The annual Beatles memorabilia auction also includes items which once belonged to John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as their manager Brian Epstein.

The seven-inch copy of Please Please Me is described as "very, very rare" and has an estimate of £7,000 to £8,000.

The auction is taking place in the Beatles' home city of Liverpool.

Other highlights are three rarely seen photographs of the band taken at Newcastle City Hall and the Sunderland Empire as Beatlemania was sweeping the world in November 1963.

The pictures were taken by freelance photographer Keith Perry and the negatives lay forgotten for 48 years. Each one is being sold with full, worldwide copyright and they are expected to attract a frenzy of bids.

Among the more unusual items up for sale is a compulsory purchase order issued for the famous Cavern Club before it was filled in with concrete in the early 1970s. The order, dated November 17 1970, carries an estimate of up to £5,500.

Other memorabilia collected from the Mathew Street venue include a piece of the stage, which could fetch £1,600 to £1,800.

The annual sale, part of the Beatles Convention in Liverpool, is attracting huge levels of interest, the organisers said.

Stephen Bailey, manager of the Liverpool Beatles Shop which is staging the sale, said: "The memorabilia has just kept coming in and there's a lot of excitement building. We have several signed singles this year and they always attract a lot of interest from fans and collectors."


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