MusicPro (UK) Group News - 19th October 2011

Beatles Audition Letter To Be Auctioned In London!

Paul McCartney

Auction House, Christies, will auction a handwritten letter from Sir Paul McCartney inviting an unknown drummer for an audition, in London next month.

In the 1960 letter, Sir Paul offers the audition on condition the drummer be available for a two-month trip to Hamburg, Germany.

An ephemera expert from Christie's said the letter was expected to fetch up to £9,000 ($14,000) at the auction on 15th November.

Dated 12th August 1960, the letter was discovered inside a book by an anonymous collector at a car boot sale in Bootle, Liverpool.

It's believed that McCartney wrote it in response to a classified ad in the Liverpool Echo from the drummer promoting their availability.

Sir Paul allegedly wrote, "We would like to offer you an audition for the position of drummer in the group. You will, however, need to be free soon for a trip to Hamburg (expenses paid £18 per week for 2 months). If interested ring Jacaranda club and ask for a member of The Beatles."

The Beatles then travelled to Germany 3 days later on 15th August 1960 as a five-piece with drummer Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe to Germany for their gigs.

Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr two years later in 1962.

It's unknown if the proposed audition ever took place and the identity of the unknown drummer never relealed.

The letter has surprised Beatles historians - Neil Roberts, director of popular culture at Christie's, said: "My initial reaction was one of disbelief.

"But on seeing the item and being able to research the significance of the date and its content as well as conferring with renowned Beatles historians, it has turned out to be much more significant than mere words on paper."

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