|Beatles Fans, Get Your Check Books Out|
|Home Theater News Music - General News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 15 June 2001|
Copies of the original score of Yesterday are being auctioned over the Internet to raise funds for British colony Montserrat where a volcano erupted in 1997 according to Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
Beatles fans have already been bidding more than £2,000 ($2800) online for a chance to own one of 500 framed copies signed by Martin, who wrote the string arrangement, and Sir Paul McCartney, who penned the song. As an added bonus, the first in the series will feature a small plaque and message from McCartney, and will be hand-delivered by Sir George Martin to the winning bidder.
Sir George told reporters that his charity for Montserrat needs $500,000 to build a cultural center, however, he said there were no plans to pass on his own original manuscript for Yesterday. "My original is under lock and key, I can tell you. That will never be sold," he said.
For Beatles fans with a bigger budget, the childhood home of John Lennon is also going up on the auction block. The home’s owner Ernest Burkey died last month. Located at 251 Menlove Avenue in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton, the home is where Lennon lived until he was 23 with his aunt after his parents separated. Lennon taught himself the guitar in this home and reportedly wrote the tune "She Loves You" in the living room of the four-bedroom home built in the 1930s. Oasis fans will be familiar with the home as it was used on one of their album covers. The house has been appraised at just over $200,000 in value, but will surely fetch a much higher sum being a piece of Beatles memorabilia.
The website address that will host the auction has not yet been announced.