Letter offering Beatles tryout fetches $55,400

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 5:42 PM
Letter offering Beatles tryout fetches $55,400

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).