The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street is taking in the last few lots for the 2011 Liverpool Beatles Auction this August.
This is the 21st year that The Beatles Shop has organised the event and even after all this time there are still items that take them by surprise. Last year a toilet that was formerly in place in John Lennon's house at Tittenhurst Park sold for nearly £10,000.
This year may also yield a few unusual items with a place in Beatles History.
Held during the International Beatles Week celebrations in the city, the auction attracts bidders from all over the world.
Some of the highlights so far for this year are -
- A cap that was owned by John Lennon, which is expected to fetch anywhere between £3,000 to £5,000.
- Rare Cavern Club items dating back to its roots as a Jazz Club including references to Rory Storm and The Hurricanes who featured a certain drummer named Ringo Starr.
- A letter on a Cavern letterhead referring to the demolition of the club in 1973.
There are a couple of signed items that are to be sold to raise money for charity.
- A star shaped tambourine signed by Ringo Starr is expected to reach around £200 for The British Heart Foundation.
- A unique scrapbook from the Liverpool WHSmith signing session for Blackbird Singing featuring unpublished photographs, cuttings, customer correspondence and a page signed by Paul McCartney is expected to raise at least £500 for a Liverpool Charity to be decided by the staff that worked on the event.
Details of several of the lots for sale in the auction are available at www.beatlesauction.co.uk. Further information and photographs are available from Stephen Bailey, manager of The Beatles Shop on 0151 236 8066. (Available during opening hours every day except Fridays.)
The auction website is updated regularly with details of items in the auction and the shop is expecting a few more items of interest in the next few weeks.
Space in the auction is limited due to time constraints on the day. Anyone with anything of interest that they would like to be considered for the auction should contact The Beatles Shop as soon as possible as all the available space is usually filled by June.
If you have any items of interest for the auction please contact us. Click the link on the right for details of how to get in touch.
Press enquiries should be made through the same contact link. Better images of items can be made available to the press upon request.
Please note - The Beatles Shop will be closed from Sunday 26th February while we have important repairs done to the premises. The work is expected to take around 10 days. During this time there will be no one available to take phone calls and we will have no access to emails. No staff will be available for valuations. We apologise for any inconvenience. Hopefully we will be sorted, tidied and everything back in place by the 10th March, but please try ringing us first around that time just to make sure we are open. Thank you