Autographed Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album up for grabs

By Sarah McClanahan,

A pristine Sgt. Pepper album signed by all four members of The Beatles will be auctioned off on March 30 in Texas, and advance bids are already exceeding donor expectations.

According to Contact Music, the winning bidder of the prized memorabilia will be determined on March 30 in Dallas at Heritage Auctions.

While experts estimated the record would sell for $30,000, early bids have pushed the price (which started at $15,000) now past $110,000. They have since revised their estimate, hoping to take in upwards of $150,000.

Gary Shrum, Heritage Auction’s consignment director, commented that no one can predict when and if a similar autographed piece will turn up, so “people are responding to that” notion, reports The Associated Press. In fact, he claims the bidding has “taken a life of its own.”

Additionally, a custom Vox guitar which both John Lennon and George Harrison played will be up for auction on May 18 in New York at Julien’s Auctions. It is expected to sell for $300,000.

As we previously reported, today also marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first album release in the UK, Please Please Me. The 14 tracks include a mixture of original songs and covers like “Twist and Shout.”

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