After a decade together, The Fab Four – better known as The Beatles – officially broke up on April 10, 1970. Marking that date, Julien’s Auctions is holding an auction of some Beatles memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square (New York City) and online.

Nearly 300 items will be up for auction including some rare vinyl, never before seen memorabilia, obscure items, and collectible artifacts. One of the biggest items in the collection is the original stage used by The Beatles from their very first performance at Lathom Hall in in Liverpoool in 1960. The four Liverpool lads were known at The Silver Bells at the time.

It is also the stage that was the sight of a big scuffle involving bass man Stu Sutcliffe and resulted in a broken finger of John Lennon trying to help Sutcliffe.

The band would go on to give 10 more performances on the stage which was built in 1884. The stage measures 19 feet 8 inches by 9 feet 10 inches and has an estimated value of $10,000-$20,000.

Other items on the auction list include handwritten lyrics of “Hey Jude” by Sir Paul, a baseball signed by John, Paul, George, and Ringo taken from the band’s final U.S. show at Candlestick Park, a shooting script for the “Hello, Goodbye” with notes by Paul McCartney, a pair of wide-cut corduroy trousers worn by John Lennon on the Magical Mystery Tour, and a standing brass ashtray used by Ringo at Abbey Road.


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