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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 17:01 GMT
Early Beatles edition fetches 5K
Beatles 'White' album
The 1968 album "The Beatles" is referred to as the White Album
A rare edition Beatles album has sold for more than 5,000 at auction.

The seventh vinyl of the Beatles' 1968 double album "The Beatles" - often referred to as the White Album - went under the hammer in Midgham, Berkshire.

It fetched 5,600 on Tuesday when it was bought by an American phone bidder from Chicago.

Also in the sale was an original miniature model of the space station used in the James Bond film Moonraker, which fetched 6,400.

"The Beatles" was the ninth official album by the group and has no text except the band's name embossed on the cover.

The cover featured a unique stamped serial number on its plain white sleeve, which was designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton.

Inside the packaging was a poster of the lyrics to the songs and a set of photographs taken by John Kelley during the autumn of 1968.

John King, the owner of Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers, which hosted the auction, said: "This was a rare edition album because of its low serial number - it's great that it fetched more than its 3,000 to 5,000 estimate."

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