“Holy Grail” Beatles Record Heading To Auction

A rare early Beatles record, described by the editor of Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide as “one of those Holy Grail items like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves,” is heading to auction next month, CNBC reports. The 10″ 78 RPM acetate is a one-off pressing featuring “Hello Little Girl” on one side and “Till There Was You” on the other, with the song titles hand-written by the band’s manager Brian Epstein, who gave the disc to George Martin at EMI in an attempt to secure a recording contract. It’s being sold by Omega Auctions on behalf of Les Maguire of fellow Liverpool act Gerry and the Pacemakers, who was given the record by Epstein in 1963. It’s been locked away in his loft since then, carefully wrapped up, and this is the first time it’s entered the marketplace. “I’ve never been a big fan of memorabilia, but people seem to like it,” Maguire told the BBC. “It’s no good to me so I’ve given it to my granddaughter, who is hoping to buy a house after passing her accountancy exams. I hope it goes for a good price.” The record is expected to sell for over £10,000 — so yeah, probably a decent price.

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