September 24, 2023


Art Is Experience

Church collection box linked to The Beatles to go on sale

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The box could fetch £500, suggests the supervisor of The Beatles Shop

The selection box at the church exactly where Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon performed with each other for the first time is to go underneath the auctioneer’s hammer.

McCartney joined Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen – which afterwards grew to become The Beatles – in a session at St Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool in 1957.

The Beatles Shop will host the on line auction. Manager Stephen Bailey mentioned he definitely did not know the box’s value.

Potentially £500, he puzzled, “or plenty of to buy a new church selection box”.

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McCartney impressed so considerably at the St Peter’s Church corridor session he was invited to be a part of The Quarrymen

“The church was purchasing a new just one and puzzled what to do with the outdated just one,” Mr Bailey described.

“The committee then determined to try out and market it and place the proceeds in the direction of church resources.”

He mentioned there had already been “tons of interest” in the picket box – made by a member of the congregation in 1929 – from Beatles followers in the United States.

McCartney – then a 15-12 months-outdated schoolboy – impressed The Quarrymen so considerably with the session at St Peter’s Church corridor he was invited to be a part of the band.

Lennon was a member of the church’s youth club and attended companies there with his aunt, Mimi Smith.

Other goods obtainable in the auction on 29 August consist of an autograph e-book, that contains the Fab Four’s signatures, that belongs to the cousin of Beatles roadie Mal Evans.

A selection of rare photo prints from the famed Abbey Highway LP cover shoot will also go underneath the hammer.

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