A suitcase full of a lost stash of BEATLES memorabilia – originally thought to be priceless – has been found to have been fake.
A leading expert on the band has examined the contents, which was said to include rare concert programmes and photos, and found the items to be laser-scanned photos from the 1990s.
Pete Nash, who carried out the examination said: “It’s farcical, really.”
Amongst the items – purchased at a flea market in Australia for less than £20 – were allegedly unreleased recordings from the band.
According to BBC News, Nash said that when he asked to see the reel-to-reel tapes he was told they were locked in a bank vault.
“They said the tapes were still housed in their metal canisters,” Nash explained. “Audio tape is magnetic. One thing you do not do is store it in metal canisters.”
He was played some tracks on CD, but Nash said that they were very common bootlegs “that most Beatles collectors would own”.
It was claimed that the collection had belonged to former sound engineer for the band, Mal Evans. He was shot dead in 1976 by police in Los Angeles, and during the subsequent investigation his belongings were lost.
“There was nothing to tie it to Mal Evans whatsoever,” Nash said.
As previously reported on NME.COM, Fraser Claughton, from Kent, came across the haul at a flea market in Australia while visiting a friend. Experts initially predicted that the cache would fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Claughton described finding the stash as “finding the end of the rainbow in Australia. Now I’ve been told that to collectors, the photographs, books, magazines and documents alone are worth a fortune”.