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Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 17:04 GMT


Entertainment

Rare Beatles recording sells for £25,000

The Beatles tape: Recorded at Bournemouth's Gaumont Theatre

An early sound recording of a Beatles concert sold for £25,300 at an auction at Christies in London on Thursday.

The sound recording, made at a concert in Bournemouth, was sold to a private collector.

The high-quality 10-song tape - recorded during a 1963 concert by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre and put up for sale by his daughter - captures the Beatles' jokey repartee with the audience.

Other Beatles items which went under the hammer include autographs of the five original members of the band - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe - which were obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961. The set, which fetched £5,195, is only the second to ever appear at auction.


[ image: Audrey Hepburn's letters and photographs: Sold by step-mother Fidelma Hepburn-Ruston]
Audrey Hepburn's letters and photographs: Sold by step-mother Fidelma Hepburn-Ruston
But the surprise hit of the pop and film memorabilia sale was a collection of letters written by Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn to her father and step-mother which sold for £45,500 - nine times more than the estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000.

The letters were bought by an autograph dealer on behalf of an overseas client.

A set of family photographs showing the My Fair Lady star, taken between 1939 and 1989, went for £24,150 to the same buyer - far more than the pre-sale estimate of around £1,500.

Christie's spokeswoman Jill Potterton said: "The Audrey Hepburn letters went for much more than expected. It was two bidders bidding against each other."



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