A handwritten letter by George Harrison has been sold for £13,000.
The letter, postmarked May 7, 1966, was written to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, who traveled with The Beatles during their 1964 and 1965 American tours.
Harrison wrote to Drew just as The Beatles were beginning work on Revolver.
In it, Harrison said that The Beatles seriously considered breaking from regular producer George Martin to record with Jim Stewart at Stax Studios in Memphis. “We would all like it a lot,” Harrison wrote, “but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles,’ and so it fell through!”
The letter was bought from Drew’s widow by collectables dealer Jeff Gold. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Gold said, “When I read the Stax part I was like, ‘What the hell is this?'” says Gold. “I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about this stuff, and I knew it was a major revelation.”