At Yard Sale: McCartney Letter Seeking New Beatle
Now at Christie's; may fetch $11K
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 17, 2011 2:32 PM CDT
The Beatles: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Looks like the stars were aligned for Ringo. A 1960 letter written by Paul McCartney sought a drummer for the Beatles two years before Starr joined the Fab Four. The note was discovered folded into a book at a Liverpool yard sale, the AP reports. It was a response to an ad placed by a drummer looking for a band. In the missive, McCartney offered the drummer—whose identity remains unknown—an audition.

It's not clear whether the unknown drummer was rejected or just didn't respond to McCartney's letter. At the time, the Beatles were about to leave for two months in Hamburg and were rushing to find a drummer; they ultimately picked Pete Best, who was later dropped. "This shows that Pete wasn't the only person they were interested in," says a band biographer. Now, the letter is set for auction at Christie's, where it is expected to pull in $11,000.

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Oct 17, 2011 9:16 PM CDT
Paul McCartney is insignificant. Jesus accomplished more during his time on earth. Question: Does Paul McCartney donate any part of his massive fortune to the poor? Poverty is rampant all over the world.
Oct 17, 2011 4:35 PM CDT
Damn I should have responded to that letter
Oct 17, 2011 2:33 PM CDT
you can honestly find the best shit at a yard sale