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BEATLES FOR SALE; MEMORABILIA OF FAB FOUR TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER; PS6k record player signed by band during Scots gigs.

Byline: PAUL BYRNE

Lennon's specs A PORTABLE record player signed by all four Beatles between gigs in Dundee is expected to fetch up to PS6000 at auction next week.

The Fab Four signed the suitcase-style turntable between shows at the Caird Hall on October 7, 1963.

The group performed twice that day and had asked for a TV to keep them entertained.

When they couldn't get a signal inside the venue, a pal of promoter Andi Lothian nipped out to borrow a record player from his cousin Jeanette Duncan, nee Gray, who lived nearby.

All four members of the group signed the lid of the record player to say thanks.

They also gave Jeanette a souvenir coin and one of Paul McCartney's guitar strings, although these went missing when she took them to school to show her friends.

In her letter of provenance accompanying the record player, Jeanette explains to potential purchasers how she obtained the record player: "The Beatles came to Dundee in October 1963 to perform at the Caird Hall.

"On the day, they were due to perform two shows, an early evening show and a later show. I was lucky enough to have tickets for the early show.

"The concert promoter, Andi Lothian, had arranged for a portable TV to be placed in the dressing room to entertain the band.

"While the first show was still going, they realised the TV could not get a reception.

"My cousin was a friend of the promoter and was at the venue. She said she could get a record player for the dressing room.

"She went to my house and I wasn't in because I was at the show. She told my dad she wanted to take the record player away and he initially told her no. I don't think he was too impressed that it was for the Beatles."

Jeanette's cousin managed to persuade him and took the record player back to the Caird Hall.

She added: "The boys were grateful and I was invited backstage after the show but my cousin couldn't find me so I missed out on the chance to meet them.

"My cousin asked the band to sign the record player. All four signed the lid, with the exception of John, who signed the inside rim."

The record player is being sold by Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows on Merseyside on Tuesday.

Other Beatles memorabilia for sale at the auction include a pair of gold glasses belonging to John Lennon valued at PS12,000, a school jotter of Paul's which could sell for PS10,000 and a cassette tape from 1978 containing previously unheard songs by George Harrison expected to sell for PS3000.

It was also revealed the "butcher" version of the Beatles' Yesterday and Today album is expected to make PS136,000 when it's sold in Liverpool in May. The record sparked outrage on its release as it showed the Fab Four smiling while posing in white coats and covered in pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

Also being sold at Juliene's Auction is a baseball signed by the Beatles valued at PS75,000 and a guitar strap owned by Lennon, which could sell for PS23,000.

CAPTION(S):

CHERISHED Beatles with fans in 1963 and, right, the record player signed by the band

TAPE OF THE POPS Cassette by George Harrison called The Hitler Tapes could go for PS3000

WRITE ON Below, McCartney's school jotter is valued at PS10,000

GLASS ACT Lennon's specs

BLOODY EXPENSIVE LP could go for PS136k. Right, PS75,000 baseball and PS23k guitar strap
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