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First Beatles Contract Sells At Auction

The first recording contract ever signed by the Beatles hit the auction block in New York last week, selling for over $90,000 USD.

The six-page document, an agreement between the Beatles and Germany’s Polydor label, resulted in the release of the band’s first single, “My Bonnie,” under the name Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. While the song was never released outside of Germany, it did attract the attention of the band’s future manager, Brian Epstein, setting them on their path to stardom.

The contract was auctioned off as part of a private collection previously owned by late German Beatles historian Uwe Blaschke. Heritage Auctions had estimated the document would sell for $150,000. The final sale price was $93,750.

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