Can’t Buy Me Love: Beatles’ First Contract Up for Auction in Dallas

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DALLAS -- Before The Beatles became THE BEATLES, the “Fab Four “signed their first record deal in 1961 while performing Hamburg, Germany.

“It was from this document that their entire recording career then takes off,” said Dean Harmeyer, Director at Heritage Auctions. “This is simply the most important Beatles document to ever come to auction."

Now this piece of music history is being auctioned off by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The contract is expected to bring in a cool $150,000.

The contract is from so early in the Beatles history, Ringo wasn’t even a part of he group.

“It was John, Paul, George and Pete,” Harmeyer explained.

Pete Best, also known as “the most unlucky person in music history,” was kicked out of the group a year after this contract was signed.

“George Martin, their producer, felt that Pete was not quite up to snuff. He recommended the Beatles would be better by getting a different drummer," said Harmeyer.

The contract is one of 300 Beatles items heading to auction: from a postcard George Harrison wrote to his grandmother to Beatles dresses. All of them are available to be seen by the public Wednesday and Thursday at Heritage’s location in the Dallas Design District.

“I got to see them when they came to Dallas,” said Janet Smith while looking at the memorabilia. “You really didn’t get to see them all you heard was screaming.”

Since '64, this may be the closest the Beatles have gotten to Big D.

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