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