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Beatles signed single 'Please Please Me' fetches £9,000

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A signed copy of the Beatles single 'Please Please Me' has sold for £9,000 at auction in Liverpool.

The "very, very rare" 1963 record was sold by a local lady who had asked all four members of the group to sign it after watching them at the city's Cavern club as a youngster.

Other items to be sold at the annual Beatles memorabilia auction included a cap once owned by John Lennon, which fetched £3,200, and the door of number 38, Kensington - where the band first recorded - which went for £2,300.

Speaking of the moment the seller of the single brought it to him, Stephen Bailey, manager of the Liverpool Beatles Shop, told the BBC: "It was just a local lady with a signed record asking: 'Is this worth anything?'

"I said: 'Yes, that's worth several thousands of pounds.' And here we are, £9,000 later. People often wander into the shop asking: 'Is this worth anything?'

"There is still massive attraction for Beatles memorabilia. There are still people willing to pay fantastic prices."

The door will go on display at the Museum of Liverpool Life later this year.

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Watch The Beatles performing 'Please Please Me' below:

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