Door to Sir Paul McCartney's childhood home sells for £4,100
THERE was furious bidding for Sir Paul McCartney's front door this afternoon.
And the entrance to his pop legend's childhood home was sold for £4,100, which, with buyer's premium, totalled £5,060.
Dominic Winter auctioneers at South Cerney, near Cirencester, had estimated £3,000 to £5,000 for the door to 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool, which McCartney junior used every day from 1955 to 1965.
The unimposing glass-panelled wooden door, with yellow peeling paint, was put up for sale by singer Glen South, who bought it after the McCartney family moved out.
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It was sold to Tracks, a company which prides itself as being 'the world's leading dealer in Beatles and Pop Memorabilia.'
Auctioneer Chris Albury said: "I'm thrilled to bits as we took it on as a bit of an unknown quantity.
"It could have created publicity but no bidding as it was such an odd thing. "Lots of people will have an opinion as to whether it's worth 50p or £10,000 but we had to find someone who wanted to spend real money."
Four bidders, two on the phone and two who submitted advance bids, ensured it wasn't an open and shut case. "The door crept up in £100 increments and was bought by the phone bidder from Lancashire," said Chris.
"It's a display piece - you either have it as a door to your Beatles room or put it in there. You wouldn't want to replace your front door with it now as it's too weather-worn. It would also be a draw for someone with a museum because fans would want to be photographed knocking on it or standing by it."
Paul's bedroom door, from the same house, was sold by Sotheby's for £2,875 including premium in 1995.
Tracks spokesman Jason Cornthwaite said: "We were 100 per cent confident of its authenticity because it came with a letter from a lady named Sheila Jones who lived in the house after the McCartneys. We bought all the internal doors about 15 years ago."