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Letter by Paul McCartney to audition for The Beatles found

A hand-written letter by Sir Paul McCartney asking a mystery drummer to audition for The Beatles has been uncovered at a car boot sale.
Dated August 12th 1960, the letter was written at the time when Pete Best was the drummer for the band.
However, the identity of the addressee is still unknown, but Beatles historians are revelling over the find, which was folded-up in a book in Bootle, Liverpool.
Historians did not know, for example, that the band was looking for a drummer at this time. It was not for another two years that they recruited Ringo Starr to become the Fab Four the world knows today.
Now, the letter is going up for auction at Christie’s and it is expected to fetch as much as £7,000 to £9,000. The high price tag is partly because the letter is one of the earliest occasions that the band referred to themselves as The Beatles.
It is not known if an audition actually took place, but Sir Paul writes that the drummer should head to the Jacaranda club and ask for a member of The Beatles. He also writes about the job: “expenses paid £18 per week (approx.) for 2 months”.
Just three days later, the band travelled to Hamburg as a five-piece with Best for two months.
Commenting on the sale, which will take place on November 15th, 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.”
Other collectables at the Rock and Pop Memorabilia auction include the iconic BED PEACE sign that was displayed on the window above John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed in Montreal. It has an estimate of £80,000 to £100,000.

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