What is believed to be The Beatles‘ first ever pressing is to head to auction next month.
The 10-inch recording features the tracks ‘Till There Was You’ and ‘Hello Little Girl’. It is credited to Paul McCartney & the Beatles and is inscribed with the band’s first manager Paul Epstein’s handwriting.
It will go to auction at the Omega Auctions sale in Warrington on March 22nd and is expected to bring in over £10,000, BBC reports.
The record, which was made in 1962, has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of Beatles memorabilia, but lay forgotten in the home of former Gerry & The Pacemakers keyboardist, Les Maguire.
It was recorded at the HMV store on London’s Oxford Street and sent to producer George Martin with the aim of gaining a record contract.
Maguire was given the record by Epstein in 1963 after it had been returned by Martin. He said it was “no good” to him and he had given it to his granddaughter, who is “hoping to buy a house after passing her accountancy exams.” Maguire added: “I hope it goes for a good price.”