Holy Grail

The Holy Grail of records by The Beatles found after 50 years in a Liverpool loft is to go to auction.  The unique acetate record has manager Brian Epstein’s handwriting on it.  Pressed at the HMV store in Oxford Street, London, the record was presented to future Beatles producer George Martin at the EMI record label in a bid to secure the band a recording contract.

Beatles Holy Grail

What makes it extra special is that it bears Epstein’s handwriting as he wrote ‘Til (sic) There was You’ and then attributed the song to ‘Paul McCartney & The Beatles.’ On the flip side he misspells ‘Hello Little Girl’ as ‘Hullo Little Girl’ and records the track as being the work of ‘John Lennon & The Beatles.’ Although it has been given a conservative auction estimate of £10,000 it is expected to go for far more when Beatles collectors hear about it.

Ian Shirley, Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide editor, said: ‘This is one of those Holy Grail items, like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves. ‘This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brain Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets.’

As readers will discover, The Beatles strongly influenced The Earth Emperor’s Eye. Perhaps their success has a deeper more lasting legacy? Unknown to them ‘Hello Little Girl’ may have been written in prophetic recognition of the role of Sarah Whittenbury as the Earth Princess, whilst the lyrics to ‘Till There Was You’ capture perfectly the spirit of the Earth Emperor and his emergence in the novel. And behold, Mother Nature hints at the emergence of a Holy Grail.

Beatles Till there was you

I-Spy the Earth Emperor's Eye