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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Rare Early Mersey Beat magazines and business card

Mersey Beat magazine first appeared in July 1961. The first issue famously featured a piece written by John Lennon entitled "Being A Short Diversion On The Dubious Origins Of The Beatles" which included the line about a man on a flaming pie, from which Paul McCartney got the title of his 1997 album.

As with a lot of paper memorabilia, Mersey Beats were often discarded after they had been read. Not many people hung on to local papers, music based or otherwise, at the time. Therefore these throwaway items often become highly collectible.

Up for sale in our 2014 Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction are the first three issues of Mersey Beat magazine, including issue 2 which was the first time The Beatles adorned the cover.


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Each issue is expected to reach £800-£1000.

Also in the auction is this Mersey Beat business card.
This carries an estimate of £250-£300


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