Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beatles' first recording contract up for auction

The contract the Beatles signed to record their first professional single, "My Bonnie," with Tony Sheridan in 1961 is now up for bid via Heritage Auctions with a minimum bid of $150,000.

The contract is signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the group's then-drummer Pete Best.

The document is part of a 300-plus-item collection owned by German Beatles expert and collector Uwe Blaschke. Much of the collection was displayed in a Beatles-themed museum in Hamburg.

According to Heritage:
Among the collection's highlights is a vintage snapshot of 17-year-old George Harrison modeling his first leather jacket, taken in 1960 in Hamburg shortly before his deportation from Germany for being underage (est. $3,000+); a postcard sent by Ringo Starr to his grandmother from Hamburg, signed "Lots of Love, Richy xxxxx" (est. $4,000+); an autographed copy of the group's first EMI single, "Love Me Do," (est. $10,000) from 1962, and a 1961 letter from Epstein to the Top Ten Club in Hamburg concerning a Beatles booking (est. $1,500+).
 Here's a look at the contract and the picture of George:


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