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An early version of the Beatles album Let it Be from about a month before the release, estimated at $3000-5000 at Butterscotch Auctioneers on July 16.

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The collection has been consigned by a former Apple Records/Decca executive who worked directly with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The ensemble includes ticket stubs, artists’ proofs for album covers, concert programmes and photographs.

Perhaps the most significant items from the viewpoint of rock history are three reel-to-reel reference tapes for Beatles’ recordings given to the consignor before release to provide feedback. All are being sold without copyright. One of these is a recording of the Hollywood Bowl live album estimated at $1000-1200.

The other, shown above, is an early version of the Beatles album Let it Be from about a month before the release. It features a typewritten track listing to the reverse which is apparently unique and includes several early versions of song titles and is estimated at $3000-5000.

The third reel is a never-before-heard recording of a session with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, including a number of cover versions.

This was probably made in March 1972 when Lennon was simultaneously finishing Some Time in New York and co-producing (with Ono) Elephant’s Memory. It contains a number of tracks that were never released and is estimated at $2000-3000.

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