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Silent Beatles film fails to sell


A film of the Beatles in Scotland in 1964 is auctioned in Berkshire

A silent two-and-a-half minute film of the Beatles has failed to sell at auction in Berkshire.

The rare footage was shot in 1964 during the band's tour of Scotland and was expected to fetch up to 12,000.

But the lot, which was up for sale at Cameo Auctioneers in Midgham, failed to reach its reserve of 4,800.

The 8mm colour film features clips of the band and their entourage at the Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans on the banks of Loch Earn.

The Beatles stayed there for two nights in October to play a show in Dundee after travelling from Edinburgh.

'Shocked and stunned'

They had just topped the charts with A Hard Day's Night, and I Feel Fine was to follow a few weeks later.

Cameo Auctioneers said the film was thought to be the only surviving footage of the band's stay at the venue.

Auctioneer Jon King said: "We are all shocked and stunned. We have no idea why the film did not sell.

"We have always sold things like this in the past and they have sold really well.

"For some reason today we did not get the interest we expected, despite the fact that this is a really unique and unusual piece."

The footage had the highest guide price of any of the lots to go under at the sale.

It was to be sold with copyright as part of an auction which also saw vinyl records, autographs and original artwork up for sale.

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