Paul McCartney's door auctions for $7,780

The front door from Paul McCartney's childhood home, 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool, auctioned in the UK yesterday (April 10) for £5,060 ($7,780).

The murky-green door was bought by Tracks, a leading dealer in Beatles memorabilia based in Lancashire, UK.

Paul McCartney’s front door auction
Dominic Winter poses with Paul McCartney’s front door

Dominic Winter Auctions hosted the highly anticipated sale. Auctioneer Chris Albery told the BBC: "There were two phone bidders and a couple of commission bidders, so the bidding started at £3,000 and crept up at £100 increments till it got to the final hammer of £4,100.

"We are very pleased indeed and the vendor, Glen South, who had no expectations is happily surprised," Albery added.

Mr South, a local musician, rescued the door from salvage after he heard that the new owners of the McCartney house, Sheila Jones and her family, were refurbishing the property.

South collected the khaki-coloured door from the property in 1964 and has stored it behind his sofa ever since.

McCartney came and went from 20 Forthlin Road, now a National Trust property open to the public, from 1955 to 1964. Several Beatles songs are believed to have been composed there, including Love Me Do and When I'm Sixty-Four.

The musician's bedroom door from the same property brought £2,875 ($4,417) in 1995 at a London sale. The present sale is therefore a world record for doors sold from McCartney's childhood home.

Beatles memorabilia remains a boom market. The finest signed copy of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper album sold for a record breaking $290,500 earlier this month.

We currently have a wide range of Beatles collectibles in stock, including this relatively affordable signed A Hard Day's Night Album cover - one of only eight to 10 known examples.

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