The Beatles Love Me Do demo worth £20,000 handed to a charity shop

From The Daily Mail.

A rare Beatles record thought to be worth £20,000 has been put up for auction – after its owner unwittingly donated it to a charity shop.

British Heart Foundation staff were shocked to uncover the 7in demo of The Beatles’ first single Love Me Do, which had been placed in a carrier bag with 25 other vinyls and given to the store in Midhurst, West Sussex.

The record features a misspelling of Paul McCartney’s name, with the words ‘Lennon–McArtney’ appearing on the label instead. The words ‘Demonstration Record’ and ‘Not For Sale’ are also on the label.

Super rare promo copy of the historic first Beatles single - the humble 45 inch single is already at £3000 on Ebay
Super rare promo copy of the historic first Beatles single – the humble 45 inch single is already at £3000 on Ebay

Around 250 of the demos were pressed by Parlophone Records and sent to the BBC for radio airplay when the Fab Four were virtually unknown.

The charity shop in Midhurst (pictured above) where the record was spotted
The charity shop in Midhurst (pictured above) where the record was spotted 

An identical record sold for £7,000 in 2013, but industry experts believe the latest find could sell for three times that figure. The proceeds will go to the charity.

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