Beatles' first recording contract to be auctioned

Sep 19, 2015 2:30 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - The Beatles' first recording contract, signed in Hamburg, Germany, in 1961 is being auctioned today New York.

Hamburg is where the band honed its craft performing in the city's boisterous nightclub district between 1960 and 1962. Heritage Auctions' consignment director for music memorabilia, Dean Harmeyer, says Hamburg is where the Beatles "honed their musical skills," learning new material that propelled their success.

The 1961 recording session produced the single "My Bonnie," which was released only in Germany and never hit the top charts. However, the song led directly to the Beatles' discovery back in England, a contract with EMI and their first hit, "Love Me Do."

The contract is the centerpiece of a Beatles collection spanning the band's entire career.

It's being sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a noted German Beatles historian who died in 2010.

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