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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Beatles 'Break-Up' Letter to Be Auctioned Off

A letter co-signed by three members of the The Beatles, dated April 18, 1969, is to be auctioned to the highest bidder by Christie's in London on May 5th during their Pop Memorabilia auction. It has been owned by the same anonymous private collector for around 20 years. The letter, which is signed by George Harrison, John Lennon and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr), was addressed to Lee Eastman, Paul McCartney's father-in-law and lawyer. It details how Paul McCartney wanted Lee Eastman to manage the band, while the others chose Allen Klein, who also managed the "Rolling Stones". The letter tells Eastman that he is, "not authorised to act as the attorney or legal representative of 'The Beatles' or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control." The issue was resolved when the band was dissolved in 1975, although they technically broke up in 1970. Starr later compared the band's dissolution to “ the wind-down to a divorce. A divorce doesn’t just happen suddenly, there are months and years of misery until you finally say ’Oh, let’s end it.”’



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