A piece of one of the biggest musical breakups in history could be yours for a cool half million.
Legal correspondence that foretold The Beatles‘ 1969 split is set to go on sale for £550,000.
The pair of letters were sent in January and April 1969 to John Eastman and Lee Eastman, the father, and brother of Linda McCartney, who Paul McCartney married in March 1969.
The first letter, written from all of the fab four and Apple Corps head Neil Aspinall, informs John Eastman that “we retain you and authorize you to act on our behalf in negotiations in respect of all contracts proposed”.
The second letter, known as “the split letter”, sees John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr end their working relationship with Lee Eastman in favour of working with Allan Klein, the Rolling Stones’ manager, while Paul would continue to work with the family: “This is to inform you of the fact that you are not authorized to act of to hold yourself as the attorney or legal representative of ‘The Beatles’ or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control, we recognize that you are authorized to act for Paul McCartney, personally, and in this regard we will instruct our representatives to give you the fullest co-operation.”
The group would strain under the pressure of writing, recording and releasing their final album, Let It Be, before splitting completely in 1970.
In other news, The Beatles have recently announced that they will be working with Lord of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson on a new documentary detailing the band’s final days.
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