Fans of legendary group THE Beatles bid thousands of dollars for pieces of Fab Four memorabilia at a bi-annual pop memorabilia auction held by CHRISTIE's yesterday (01OCT03).

Rare items sold at the London auction included autographed material, lyrics, gold discs, unpublished photographs and clothing.

Their HEY JUDE-REVOLUTION single went for $17,565 (GBP10,978), while a 1964 PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS in-flight menu, signed by all four band members, went for $15,048 (GBP9,405).

The highest price of the day went to a wooden sculpture entitled OPEN AND SHUT, designed by John Lennon for $46,840 (GBP29,275).

SARAH HODGSON, Christie's associate director, says, "Once again, The Beatles topped the bill at Christie's pop sale."

Other items snapped up included trousers worn by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for $6,375 (GBP3,984) and a 1976 pencil sketch on paper of Charlie Chaplin by Michael Jackson for $6,172 (GBP3,857).

02/10/2003 09:16