Beatles memorabilia has gone to back to basics with the auction of a roll of toilet paper the Fab Four refused to use, with a starting price of $76,000 (GBP40,000).

The Beatles - John Lennon, George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney and RINGO STARR - neglected the toilet roll during 60s sessions at London studio Abbey Road because it was "too hard and shiny" and were disgusted that each sheet had 'EMI LTD' stamped on it.

The toilet paper has been kept in a glass box and is being sold on website EBAY.COM after initially being auctioned at an Abbey Road sale in October 1980.

The item comes with a note written by former manager KEN TOWNSEND, which reads: "Most things went very smoothly with The Beatles at Abbey Road - but not this roll of toilet paper which they complained was too hard and shiny.

"They also thought it disgraceful that the management should stamp each sheet of paper EMI Ltd. The paper was immediately withdrawn and things became much smoother for staff after that."

So far, no bids have been placed.

03/01/2005 14:09