An ultra rare Beatles recording has been sold at auction for a staggering £77,500 or $110,000, which is seven times more than its £10,000 price tag. Recorded in Liverpool in 1962, and discovered in the attic of Les Maguire, it features the first song John Lennon ever wrote, 'Hello Little Girl' and was cut just a few months before 'Love Me Do'. Auctioned at Omega in Liverpool, seven telephone bidders from the United States and China attempted to nab it, but the recordings were ultimately sold to an anonymous British collector.

It is among the most significant recordings in the band's history, a document of the moment it all started. It was the first recording to carry The Beatles' name, with a scribbled signature from Brian Epstein. Lennon's 'Hello Little Girl' and 'Til there Was You,' written by Paul McCartney, were transferred to acetate at HMV in Oxford Circus from where the 10" caught the attention of EMI's Syd Coleman, before finding its way into the hands of producer George Martin, who ultimately signed them to the label.