September 23, 2013 9:02
Building which houses The Beatles old haunt The Cavern Club to be auctioned
Any potential sale will not affect the Liverpool nightclub, which was rebuilt in 1984
The Liverpool nightclub, which played host to The Beatles at least 300 times, will be sold alongside the surrounding Cavern Walks Shopping Centre and is expected to fetch £1 million, The Times reports. It is being sold after its owner, Warner Estate, filed for administration last month.
Dave Jones from the Cavern Club has confirmed to NME that any potential sale of the building will not affect the Cavern Club itself. Jones owns the lease on the club, which is set to expire in 2028. Any new owners of the Cavern Walks Shopping Centre will be unable to touch the Cavern Club itself.
The club was at the heart of the rock n' roll scene in the city during the 1960s and also saw performances from the Rolling Stones, The Who and Elton John. Its design, with brick arches and underground tunnels, was based on Le Caveau de la Huchette jazz club in Paris.
British Rail ordered the demolition of the original Cavern Club in 1973 to make way for building work on a new underground railway system. The work was never completed and the site became a car park until its excavation in 1982. A replica of the club, complete with bricks from the original, was built on the site and opened in 1984.
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