Its value is estimated at $150,000 (£95,500)


The Beatles‘ first recording contract is set to go on sale at auction in September.

The document was signed by the band in Hamburg, Germany in 1961.

John Lennon signed as JW Lennon and Paul McCartney signed his full name James Paul McCartney.

The contract was also signed by George Harrison and Pete Best.

The band were backing British singer Tony Sheridan at Hamburg’s Top Ten Club at the time, and together they were signed by German record producer Bert Kaempfert to record a rock’n’roll version of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean“.

The contract will now be auctioned at New York’s Heritage Auctions on September 19, with its value estimated at $150,000 (£95,500).

The item is being sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a Beatles historian who died in 2010. See a picture of the contract below.

Beatles record contract

Beatles record contract

The auction lot also includes an autographed copy of the “Love Me Do” single, a 1960 postcard that drummer Ringo Starr sent to his grandmother from Hamburg and a restaurant menu signed by the band while they were filming their Help movie in 1965.

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