Beatles’ memorabilia collectors were clearly excited by the recent find at a charity shop of a rare magazine signed by the ‘Fab Four’. With a front-page photo featuring the four globally recognisable pop superstars and the addition of their prized autographs adding the ‘wow’ factor, it was hardly surprising that a colossal figure exceeding £6k was required to secure the purchase at auction.

Lucky find for RSPCA workers

Proving that you can never be certain what you might find within a dusty box of old records, the RSPCA shop workers spotted the potential windfall including images of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the effervescent Ringo Starr.

Sensing its rarity and value, they took it along to Crewkerne, Somerset auctioneers’ Lawrences and were rewarded handsomely when a keen collector paid £6,470 to add much-needed funds to the animal charity’s coffers.

Lawrences’ representative Simon Jones heaped praise on the sharp-eyed employees, enthusing that it was “an amazing find by the shop staff.”

McCartney re-releases classic album

For Beatles’ fans more interested in the current-day activities of the remaining members of the famed band, McCartney is still releasing material to grab their attention. It is believed that next year he intends to re-issue his 1989 collaborative album with Elvis Costello entitled Flowers In The Dirt. Initial reports suggest that the archive edition will be released in March and will include extras such as a DVD and demos.

Critical acclaim after lean years

The original release was McCartney’s eighth solo studio album in his own name and came out at an interesting time in his life, as he was about to embark on a world tour. There had been a significant gap since his previous Wings Over The World tour in 1975-76, but the Music legend was on top form on Flowers In The Dirt and it received critical acclaim.

The album topped the charts in the UK and Norway, with a string of hit singles adding to its success. The Parlophone release included tracks such as My Brave Face, This One and Figure of Eight, with many observers acclaiming that the singer / songwriter was back on top form after a disappointing few years.