Beatles-signed Birmingham guest book sold at auction

A hotel visitors’ book signed by The Beatles, Rolling Stones and a then-future prime minister has been sold at auction for £6,700.

The book was signed in 1965 by guests of Birmingham’s Grand Hotel, during the year in which the venue re-opened.

It features a snapshot of musical talent from the 20th Century, and also includes Shirley Bassey and American crooner Andy Williams.

It is not clear why, but The Beatles listed their addresses as “Wales”.

The Fab Four were living in London by the middle of that decade.

The hotel, on Colmore Row in Birmingham city centre, was established in 1879. It is currently closed for refurbishment ahead of its next re-opening.

Other notable signatories include Conservative prime minister from 1970-74, Ted Heath. In 1966, the year after his Grand Hotel stay, Mr Heath – at that time Leader of the Opposition – would be name-checked in The Beatles’ song Taxman.

The book also features Spencer Davies, Perry Como, Denny Lane, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Lonnie Donegan, and Acker Bilk.

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