As the music daily NME reports, a rare first pressing of The Beatles’ classic White Album (1968) has been found in a charity shop of The British Heart Foundation.
The album was given to the Foundation’s Sutton Coldfield branch and includes the original inserts and a fold-out poster. It is thought to be particularly rare as it contains a misprint unique to the first version of the record, of which there are only 10,000 copies.
The charity has listed it on eBay, with bids starting at £999.99. Fans will be able to bid for it until Monday evening (May 22).
“Our music and vinyl experts were thrilled when this valuable piece of music history was donated to the BHF,” Richard Pallier, from the charity, told BBC. He also confirmed that the album was in “good condition” despite being over 50 years old.
NME also reminds us that the earliest known full recording of the Fab Four performing live is set to be restored and given to a “national cultural institution” in the UK.
The recording was found almost 60 years to the day that it was made. The hour-long, quarter-inch tape recording was created by John Bloomfield at Stowe boarding school in Buckinghamshire on April 4, 1963, when The Beatles performed a gig there.