Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point
On Air
Low Graphics

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.

[ 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."

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

Entertainment Contents

TV and Radio
New Media

Relevant Stories

15 Sep 98 | Entertainment
Fab gear under the hammer

Internet Links

The Beatles Online


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.