The EMI TG12345 MK IV console was expected to fetch $700,000 (£562,000) at Bonhams' TCM Presents... Rock and Roll Through the Lens sale, but it sold for well over twice that sum.

The identity of the buyer has not been announced.

The lot features a letter of provenance from former Abbey Road manager Ken Townsend, an instruction manual, and a documented history.

The console was part of Abbey Road's famous Studio 2 from 1971 to 1983. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr each recorded solo projects on the MK IV, which was also used by Kate Bush and The Cure.