I’m currently reading Tune In, the first of a trilogy that when finished will be the most in-depth biography of the Beatles every written. The first volume runs almost a thousand pages and only covers the band’s history up to 1962. It’s quite brilliant, really.
This brings me to an extremely rare 78 RPM record that was made in 1962 that languished in an attic for decades before it was found, dusted off and recognized for its value. The handwriting on the acetate belongs to newly-minted Beatles manager, Brian Epstein.
So where was it found? In the loft of Les Maguire, the keyboardist of Gerry and the Pacemakers, which was another band from Liverpool.
Some collectors call this a “Holy Grail” piece, but there are plenty of Beatles collectibles with that label. Still, as a one-of-a-kind item–an acetate is one-time-only test pressing–it’s pretty damned valuable. What’s it worth? It sold for £77,000 ($143,000 CAD). A nice little toy from the attic, no?
(Via the BBC)