Omega AuctionsA rare early acetate recording of two songs by The Beatles, “Hello Little Girl” and “Till There Was You,” will be up for bid as part of a March 22 memorabilia auction in Warrington U.K. The 10-inch 78 r.p.m. disc was cut in 1962 at the HMV record store in London, and was presented by Beatles manager Brian Epstein to producer George Martin while Epstein was trying to secure a deal for the band with EMI Records.

Martin initially wasn’t impressed with the recording and rejected the Fab Four, returning the acetate to Epstein, but the producer eventually changed his mind and signed the group to EMI’s Parlophone label. In 1963, Epstein gave the acetate to Gerry & the Pacemakers member Les Maguire, who stored the disc in a loft for more than 50 years before deciding to sell it.

The acetate features Epstein’s handwriting on both sides. The manager wrote the titles of the songs, the group’s name and the band member who sang each tune — “‘Hullo (sic) Little Girl,’ John Lennon & The Beatles” and “‘Til (sic) There Was You,’ Paul McCartney & The Beatles.”

Maguire tells BBC News that he’s given to acetate to his granddaughter, “who is hoping to buy a house after passing her accountancy exams. He adds, “I hope it goes for a good price.”

Ian Shirley, editor of Record Collector magazine’s Rare Record Price Guide, says, “This is one of those Holy Grail items…a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brain Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination.”

Omega Auctions, the auction house hosting the sale, estimates that the disc will fetch at least 10,000 pounds, or about $13,900. For more information, visit OmegaAuctions.co.uk.

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