Paul McCartney Letter to Drummer Fetches $55,000 at Auction
Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:46:03
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Reuters reports that a handwritten letter from Paul McCartney dated Aug. 12, 1960 inviting an unnamed drummer to audition for a seat behind the kit in The Beatles has sold at Christie's for $55,000. It's a piece of musical history!
The document was discovered folded up in a book purchased at a car boot sale in Liverpool. Shortly after the letter was written, the newly formed Beatles travelled to Hamburg, Germany, to play a series of gigs and then proceeded to blow the fuck up!
According to online Beatles timelines, drummer Pete Best joined the Beatles on Aug. 12. He was thrown out of the band two years later and replaced by Ringo Starr.
The auctioneer said the letter was one of the earliest examples of the band being referred to as the Beatles.
The letter suggests that the legendary McCartney was seeking an alternative to Best until the last minute and knew more about the details of the Hamburg trip than previously thought.
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