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A Rare Beatles Vinyl Single with a Typo is Set to Score a High Price at Auction

McCartney's surname was incorrectly spelled as "McArtney"

According to a number of sources, a rare single by The Beatles is set to reach a high price, up to $11,400 (£9,000) at an upcoming auction. The bidders have already made a series of bids.

The single in question is a 1962 demonstration record containing the band’s hit songs “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” and is one of only 250 in the world. 

It is unique due to Paul McCartney’s surname being incorrectly spelled as “McArtney”, vinyl specialist Rob Smee said.

The seven-inch vinyl would go under the hammer at Stacey’s Auctioneers’ sale in Chelmsford, Essex, on Monday, June 24, 2024.

The single was the first of a handful of vinyl pressings sent to radio and television studios on October 5th, 1962, ahead of the main record release. The fact that it includes an incorrect spelling only serves to make the item more compelling.

According to vinyl specialist Rob Smee, “[b]eing one of only 250, it is of particular interest to Beatles’ collectors and the misspelling of Paul McCartney’s name is both authentic and interesting in itself,” he explained.

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