RARE pieces of Beatles memorabilia sent to a Merseyside woman by her American pen-pal form part of the first sale to be held by a new city auction house.
The star lot is an official Beatles Fan Club photo bearing handwritten signatures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, valued at £1,000-£2,000.
Another lot from the same collection, which will be auctioned at Partridge & Bray, in Jordan Street, from 11am, is a programme from the Fab Four’s show at the Liverpool Empire in 1964.
Experts at the auction house, which is co-owned by TV’s Flog-it antiques expert Adam Partridge, said the fan club photograph was sent to a Merseyside Beatles fan by her pen-pal in the USA.
Paintings by Liverpool artist Brian Burgess and work by city sculptor Arthur Dooley will also be auctioned.
Partridge & Bray partner Nick Bray said he also expected collectors to be interested in a staff ledger from 1868-73 covering all railway stations in Liverpool. He said: “The gentleman from Wirral who contacted us said his sister was a big Beatles fan.
“She had a pen-pal in America who was a Buddy Holly fan and they would send each other things about music.”
The bronze sculptures by Arthur Dooley are valued at between £1,000 and £1,500 each, while the Brian Burgess paintings are expected to fetch £500-800.
The new auction house opened in March.