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Beatles signatures up for auction
Beatles autographs
The only piece of paper the man had on him was his birth certificate
A full set of Beatles' autographs scrawled on a birth certificate is expected to fetch up to 3,000 when it goes under the hammer later this year.

The owner was serving on Salisbury Plain in the 1960s when the band filmed Help! there with the Royal Scots Greys.

He was drinking with them in a pub in Amesbury when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gave him their autographs.

The set will be sold at Duke's auction house, in Dorchester on 10 or 11 April.

Amy Brenan, valuer at Duke's, said: "When a local gentleman pulled out a tatty bit of paper from the pocket of his wax jacket, I was rather surprised he thought it was something special.

"When I unfolded the paper, I realised that the signatures where written in black ink on the back of the gentleman's birth certificate.

"The gentleman told me that the only piece of paper he had on him was his birth certificate and so he asked the band to sign it for him.

"Needless to say that the gentleman now has a new birth certificate."

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