The Beatles‘ first recording contract is set to go on sale at auction in September.

The document was signed by the band in Hamburg, Germany in 1961, during a recording session that produced the single ‘My Bonnie’.

The contract will now be auctioned at New York’s Heritage Auctions on September 19, with its value estimated at $150,000 (£95,500).

The item is being sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a late Beatles historian who died in 2010. See a picture of the contract below.


“Not many people know that The Beatles started their careers in Germany,” said Beatles expert Ulf Kruger.

“The Beatles had their longest stint in a club in Hamburg at the Top Ten Club. They played there three months in a row, every night. The style they invented in Liverpool, they cultivated in Hamburg.”

The auction lot also includes an autographed copy of the ‘Love Me Do’ single, a 1960 postcard that drummer Ringo Starr sent to his grandmother from Hamburg and a restaurant menu signed by the band while they were filming their Help movie in 1965.