Brian Epstein’s personal copy of The Beatles first demo tape will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s next month, in a special auction dedicated to the Fab Four.
The tape, which the band recorded for Decca Records on January 1, 1962, was famously rejected by A&R boss Dick Rowe who told Epstein that “guitar bands are on the way out”.
This version of the demo recording is unique, with slightly longer versions of songs which mark it out as being Brian Epstein’s personal copy.
The reel-to-reel tape was one of two given to Epstein following the failed studio session, and the only one to survive.
Offered with superb provenance, the tape is now is expected to sell for £50,000 – £70,000 ($65,000 – $91,000)