The 72-year-old retired secretary kept the memorabilia hidden in a cupboard for 56 years
A woman who was offered £100 for a set of Beatles autographs 20 years ago has now made thousands from them. The 72-year-old retired secretary, who did not want to be named, met the band at a low-key gig when she was just 16 years old.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed her scrap piece of paper in 1963 during their early rise to fame.
Initially the woman from Wrexham framed the autographs, but later put them away in a cupboard, worrying that they would fade if left in the light, reports North Wales Live. It remained untouched for 56 years before being put up for auction.
The autographs were valued in between £2,000 and £3,000 at auction but sold for more than double at the Hansons Auctioneers’ Music Memorabilia sale on Tuesday morning.
The owner said she was offered just £100 for the autographs 20 years ago but declined – and now she’s glad she did.
The item was won by an internet bidder for £4,200 after an intense battle with two phone bidders.
The seller travelled to Hansons’ saleroom at Etwall, near Derby, to watch the magic unfold – and was overwhelmed by the phenomenal result.
She said: “It was amazing to be there and see all the bids flooding in.I felt quite emotional.Of course, I’m delighted with the result – chuffed to bits.I’m glad I held on to them.”
The seller’s small collection of Beatles and 1960s music memorabilia including magazines, sold for £260 from an estimate of £80 to £100.