Buzzing: Beatles demo sold for $150,000

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Beatles demo sold for $150,000

The vinyl demo record that persuaded the late music producer George Martin to sign The Beatles was sold on Tuesday to an unnamed British collector.

The record sold for £77,500 (S$150,100), well above the initial estimate of £10,000, said Omega Auctions, which is based in Warrington in northern England.

The 10-inch 78 RPM acetate record featuring Hello Little Girl on one side and Till There Was You on the other was pressed at the historic HMV record store in Oxford Street in London. It was pressed by the group's manager Brian Epstein to be presented to Martin at record label EMI - a meeting that led to a breakthrough for The Beatles.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing: Beatles demo sold for $150,000'. Print Edition | Subscribe