A previously unheard tape of a Beatles recording session, in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney break into giggles and crack jokes, has fetched £10,000 at Cameo auctioneers in Midgham, Berkshire.
The 30-minute reel-to-reel tape, believed to have been recorded in 1964, was discovered in an attic in the North of England by the son of a man who had worked in the music industry.
The tape included a number of Lennon and McCartney composed songs as well as covers of other artists’ work, such as Chuck Berry.
Whilst trying to record I’ll Follow the Sun, Lennon says: “I’m not looking at you”, to which McCartney replies: “You were”. Lennon then says: “It’s just going to get funnier and funnier as the evening goes on.” McCartney adds: “Let’s just try this once more and if it’s the last one that’s hard lines.”
Estimated at £8000-12,000, the tape sold to a Canadian dealer who left an internet commission bid via the-saleroom.com, beating the underbid of £9800, placed through live bidding.
By Anna Brady