‘Lost’ Beatles Record to Hit Auction


An original Beatles record which went ‘missing’ for over 52 years will be hitting the auction as part of The Beatles Shop’s 25th Beatles Memorabilia Auction. It is expected to sell for up to £20,000.

Written by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney for Cilla Black, the demo recording of ‘It’s For You’ was recently discovered by Simon White, Black’s nephew. Black had originally given the record to Simon’s father when he was 18, who always assumed it was just a copy of his sister’s recording. The song, which was sung by McCartney and eventually rose to number seven in the charts, was then discovered to be the original demo that was delivered to Black in 1964 at the London Palladium.

When Simon Bailey, owner of The Beatles Shop, brought home 21 Cilla Black tapes to play, he did not anticipate the big surprise as he put the last record on. The record, which they assumed was a copy, was brought in to be valued amongst other items.

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"I was just shocked and stunned to not hear Cilla and to hear Paul McCartney instead," said Bailey on-air with Radio 4.

Simon had donated the record, enclosing a letter detailing how his father had taken care of it for many years.

“When we found out that Sir Paul had not retained his own copy of the recording, as a courtesy and gesture of respect we agreed it would be only right that, of all people, he be allowed to make a copy of the recording for himself for the sole use of adding it to his personal archive,” he wrote.

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