An ultra-rare Beatles record is going under hammer next month.
The record, pressed at the HMV record store on London’s Oxford Street, kept in a loft for decades, is described as “one of the rarest and most collectable of all Beatles records” by U.K. based Omega Auctions.
It is a ten-inch 78RPM acetate, features the handwriting of Brian Epstein. One side features the song “Hello Little Girl”, while “Till There Was You” is on the other and believed to be the band’s first-ever pressing, The two songs were from the Beatles’ audition for Decca Records on Jan. 1, 1962.
The record was presented by Epstein to producer George Martin at EMI and later given to Les Maguire, keyboardist of Gerry and the Pacemakers, by Epstein in 1963, after Martin had returned it to him.
Already described as a Holy Grail Beatles item features Epstein’s misspelling “Hullo Little Girl John Lennon and the Beatles” and “‘Til There Was You Paul McCartney and the Beatles”
Omega Auctions predicts the disc will sell for £10,000 ($13,867 USD, 12,687 Euros)