THE Beatles have triumphed over rival rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley at an American auction - suits worn by the Fab Four sold but the King's lot failed to attract big enough bids.

The four suits Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and RINGO STARR donned for the cover of their PLEASE PLEASE ME album sold for $110,000 (GBP61,000) at Bonhams in Los Angeles.

However, a collection of Presley's earliest recordings - including takes of ALL SHOOK UP - failed to sell at the two-day sale over the weekend (20/21NOV04).

A private collection of six tape recordings of Presley valued at between $30,000 (GBP16,600) and $50,000 (GBP27,700) did not meet their reserve price, but a signed Presley photograph did manage to fetch $2,115 (GBP1,175).

Auction spokesman ERIK SIMON says the Presley tapes were withdrawn because "they did not meet the minimum price set by the owners".

23/11/2004 21:14