London: One of the copies of the Beatles’ “very, very rare” hit single ‘Please Please Me’, which was signed on both sides by the Fab Four, has raked in more than 9,000 pounds in an auction.
Some other memorabilia, including items that once belonged to John, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as their manager Brian Epstein, went for around 60,000 pounds for the 322 lots at the annual Beatles memorabilia auction.
Many countries across the world came up with bids with the majority coming from Austria, Germany, Australia and the US.
The seven-inch copy of the song was the top seller with the bidding value of 9,060 pounds, including commission.
A local Liverpool woman, who got the band to sign the record after listening to the group at The Cavern as a youngster, sold it.
Stephen Bailey, manager of the Liverpool Beatles Shop, said that the lady had brought the rare copy to him to ask for it worth.
“It was just a local lady with a signed record asking ‘Is this worth anything?’” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
“I said ‘Yes, that’s worth several thousands of pounds’. And here we are, 9,000 pounds later.
“People often wander into the shop asking ‘Is this worth anything?’
“There is still massive attraction for Beatles memorabilia. There are still people willing to pay fantastic prices,” he added.