A rare early record made by The Beatles is to go on sale next month after languishing in a 1960s rock star’s attic for decades.
The 1962 record, featuring the songs Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl, was the last the band had cut before they rose to national, and then international fame.
The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein originally had it made to present to George Martin, later The Beatles’ producer, in a bid to secure the group a recording contract. In 1963, after Martin returned the disc to Epstein, the rock Svengali gave it to Les Maguire, the keyboardist of fellow British band Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The record had been in storage in the home of Maguire for decades until he passed it on to his granddaughter, who is now selling it at auction.
“I’ve never been a big fan of memorabilia, but people seem to like it,” Maguire tells 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.”
Bosses at Omega Auctions in Warrington, England, where the treasured piece of vinyl will go on sale on 22 March, estimate it will sell for upwards of $14,000 (£10,000).