Part of the backdrop that The Beatles performed in front of when they made their U.S. Tv debut on the Ed Sullivan Show is to be auctioned off as part of the upcoming The Fest for Beatles Fans in Los Angeles.

A portion of the Sullivan Show's set is expected to go under the hammer for $550,000 (£344,000) next month (Oct14).

Auction highlights also include a rare copy of the Fab Four's Yesterday and Today album featuring the mythical 'Butcher' cover, on which John, Paul, George and Ringo posed with chopped up dolls, and the band's first U.S. contract with Vee Jay Records.

The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February, 1964.