Signed Beatles 'Please Please Me' record to be auctioned and expected to fetch thousands
Last updated at 5:22 PM on 27th August 2011
It's been 50 years since their arrival on the music scene changed the landscape of the industry.
However, it would seem even now memorabilia from the biggest band in modern history can still command a pretty price among die-hard fans.
A 'very, very rare' copy of the Beatles hit Please Please Me - their second single - signed on both sides by the Fab Four, is expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction.
The seven-inch copy of Please Please Me, released in 1963, has an estimate of £7,000 to £8,000.
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 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.
A cap belonging to John Lennon is also expected to attract huge interest and carries an estimate of up to £4,000.
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.
A programme for the reopening of the Cavern, carried out by then prime minister Harold Wilson in July 1966, has a guide price of £80 to £120.
The auction is also inviting bids for a telegram addressed to 'Mr G Starkex' sent by comedy star Peter Sellers to Ringo Starr and first wife Maureen on August 21 1968.
The message is to let them know that the weather is holding up for Sellers' visit to see them.
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.
'But it's always the more unusual items which capture the imagination of the buyers.'
There are a total of 322 lots being sold in the auction, which will take place in the Paul McCartney Auditorium at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.