The Beatles held some of their first rehearsals at the house
George Harrison’s childhood home has sold for £156,000 at a Liverpool auction.
The three bedroom mid-terrace house at 25 Upon Green in Speke, Liverpool, is where the Beatles – then known as The Quarrymen – held some of their earliest rehearsals before rising to fame.
The Harrisons moved into the then council home in 1949, when George was just six, and stayed there until the early 1960s. It was during his final years there that George met Paul and John at a nearby bus stop.
The property was auctioned at the Cavern Club this week by Countrywide Property auctions. The winning bidder, Londoner Jackie Holmes, is an avid Beatles fan who also bid to buy John Lennon’s house last year.
She told the Liverpool Echo: “I’m absolutely thrilled. This was the house where the Beatles rehearsed and now I own it. I missed out on John Lennon’s house last year, so this is just a dream come true.
“This has got more historical importance, this is the rehearsal house, this is the house that George was a Beatle in and I’m just absolutely made up to have this property.”
He added: “I’ve been a real fan now for about 30 odd years, I’ve collected Beatles memorabilia. I’ve seen George Harrison live at the Albert Hall. Basically I’ve seen all the Beatles live except for John sadly, so to own an ex-house of theirs with an historical connection is just fantastic.”
This is the second Beatles member’s home that as been sold in auction in the past year. John Lennon’s former childhood home at 9 Newcastle Road, in Wavertree, sold for £480,000 in October 2013.
A further two Beatles homes are currently on the market: A flat in London which was lived in by both Harrison and Ringo Starr in the 1960s, on sale for £2.5 million, as well as John Lennon’s old six-bedroom home in Weybridge, Surrey, which is available for £13.75 million.
In September, a tribute concert was held for George Harrison in Los Angeles, where a host of musicians including Brian Wilson, Brandon Flowers and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performed.