BEATLES FOR SALE!

The likes of John Lennon's leather collar and an old contract attract frenzied bidding at a London auction house...

A copy of the contract between THE BEATLES and BRIAN EPSTEIN has sold for £122,850 at an auction at CHRISTIE’S.

The revised signed agreement was bought by a private collector in London. Dated October 1 1962, the item had only been expected to fetch between £25,000 and £35,000.

Other items in the sale included John Lennon’s leather collar worn during 1967 and 1968. Though only receiving an estimate of £10,000 to £15,000, the item was sold for £117,250 to a US private collector.

Associate director and head of popular entertainment Sarah Hodgson said: “There was frenzied bidding from international collectors throughout the sale, especially for the Beatles contract and John Lennon‘s talisman necklace,” reports Ananova.

The auction was Christie’s most successful pop memorabilia sale on record, with sales reaching £788,643.