Christie's auction house says a handwritten letter from Paul McCartney offering a Beatles audition to a mystery drummer has sold for nearly 35,000 pounds ($55,400).
The note, found folded in a book at a Liverpool yard sale, offered an audition to someone who had advertised their availability in the Liverpool Echo newspaper four days earlier. The unsigned ad said simply: "Drummer_Young_Free."
The letter was dated Aug. 12, 1960 _ two years before the band bounced drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr.
Christie's said a European buyer made Tuesday's 34,850 pound winning bid over the phone.
The auction house had estimated it would fetch more than 7,000 pounds ($11,000).