Piano on which Beatles wrote 'Yesterday' and 'Help!' up for auction

The 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand has been valued at £50,000

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The piano played by John Lennon and Paul McCartney while filming Help! is up for auction.

The pair used the 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand to compose the title track to the 1965 film, according to the film's director Richard Lester, who is selling it, the BBC reports. Lester bought the piano in the late '60s from Twickenham film studios where it had been used for dozens of feature films since the 1930s.

The director also says the instrument was used by Paul McCartney to compose 'Yesterday'. It has been valued at £50,000 by Omega Auctions and will be sold in Liverpool on March 20, 2014.

Paul McCartney was at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas last week (February 16) to collect his Songwriter's Songwriter award. Accepting his gong, McCartney confessed to sneaking false stories into NME – including that George Harrison was the cousin of British rocker Billy Fury. Watch video footage of the speech below.

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