Early Beatles footage from Blackpool to go under hammer

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BLACK AND WHITE ONLY.'File photo dated 01/06/1963 of The Beatles (left - right) Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison as the group are going to be available on iTunes for the first time. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 16, 2010. The deal, which means the Beatles will be sold online for the first time, follows years of talks between record label EMI and Apple. Sir Paul McCartney said: "We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes. It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around." See PA story SHOWBIZ Beatles. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

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The earliest known footage of the Beatles on stage, recorded at the ABC cinema in Blackpool, is set to be auctioned.

The footage, filmed in Blackppol in 1964, is expected to fetch around 39,000 when it goes under the hammer later this month.

It was filmed by Chas McDevitt, leader of the skiffle group of the same name, who appeared on stage with the Beatles that evening. The silent footage also shows John, Paul, George and Ringo backstage, chatting and laughing. It will be sold with a DVD copy, a letter from Chas McDevitt and a letter conveying copyright from the current owner to the eventual buyer.

It will be sold by Ewbank’s auction house on February 5.