Paul McCartney’s Childhood Home Heads to Auction
UPDATE: McCartney’s home has sold for £150,000 (approximately $231,000) to an anonymous UK man, according to the Guardian.
Paul McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool, England is expected to sell for at least £100,000 (approximately $154,000) when it goes to auction at 7 p.m. GMT today, February 26th, The Guardian reports.
Fittingly, the auction will take place at the famed Cavern Club where the Beatles played some of their earliest gigs. International bidders, however, will be able to partake via Countrywide Property Auctions.
While McCartney and his family moved around Liverpool throughout his childhood, he said the home at 72 Western Avenue in the Speke neighborhood was “the first house I remember.” McCartney’s musical career actually began at a different home on 20 Forthlin Road, but that home remains a historical landmark owned by the National Trust. The estate agents in charge of the sale, Entwistle Green, said the Western Avenue home would appeal to “any keen Beatles enthusiast wishing to own a significant part of Paul McCartney’s history in the form of a well presented family home.”
“The Beatles, arguably one the biggest bands of all time, still attract thousands of visitors to Liverpool each year, so to get the opportunity to offer for sale Paul McCartney’s childhood home is very exciting,” said Stephen Giddins, the regional sales director of Entwistle Green. “Taking into consideration the location, the property itself and the background, we expect a lot of interest locally and internationally and would urge all interested parties to register their details as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.”
Among the countless Beatles memorabilia that has been auctioned off over the years — from guitars and the group’s Help! jackets to a 1962 recording made at a German strip club and John Lennon’s tooth — two other members’ childhood homes have gone to the highest bidder. In 2013, Lennon’s house at 9 Newcastle Road sold for £480,000, more than tripling its expected selling price, while George Harrison’s home at 25 Upton Green was sold a year later for £156,000.