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Beatle news briefs: 'Help!' capes sell big; Paul TV concert in Japan

This 100-year-old piano said to have been used during the filming of "Help!" was sold March 20.
This 100-year-old piano said to have been used during the filming of "Help!" was sold March 20.
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Two capes worn by two of the Beatles in the movie “Help!” sold for £115,000 ($247,639.54), the BBC reported March 20. The cape belonging to George Harrison sold for £54,000 ($89,152), including buyer's premium while Starr's cape sold for £61,000 ($100,708). They both sold over the pre-auction estimates of £20,000 ($33,019) to £30,000 ($49,521).

A 100-year-old piano (see photo) used by Paul McCartney and John Lennon during the making of “Help!” was sold to a collector in South America for £57,500 ($94,932), the BBC said. The sale price lived up to the pre-auction estimate that it would sell for over £50,000.

Several items belonging to Paul McCartney were taken off sale after McCartney said they belonged to him.

Paul on TV: Japanese TV viewers will get to see Paul McCartney's 2013 Tokyo show on TV Friday, according to Jash of Jash's Paul McCartney News. A page for the show is here.

Ringo with a little help: Some of the folks on Ringo Starr's upcoming album are taking to social media. On March 14, Peter Frampton wrote on Facebook he played on two Ringo Starr album tracks. And on March 19, Richard Marx posted he wrote another song with him.

International: La Santa Cecilia, with accordionist Jose "Pepe" Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, included a Beatles cover on their latest album, "Someday New," a "Spanglish" (their word) version of "Strawberry Fields Forever." You can hear a preview of it here.

Let it be ... a dream: Finally, we have a fake ad (yes, it's fake) posted by Jeff S. Levy, author of “Applelog” for the “Let It Be” DVD we all want. Again, yes, it's a fake.


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