Letters Foretelling The Beatles' Split Are Up For Sale
by Kristine Sage
2 weeks ago
A very important piece of music history will be up on sale for US$550,000. A set of legal letters foretelling the split of the legendary band The Beatles in 1969 are set to go on sale.
John Eastman and Lee Eastman, who were the father and brother of Linda, who Paul McCartney married in March 1969, received the letters in January and April that same year.
In the first letter, all four Beatles members and Apple Corps head Neil Aspinall write to John Eastman to inform him that “we retain you and authorise you to act on our behalf in negotiations in respect of all contracts proposed.” But in the second piece, which has become known as “the split letter”, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr end their working relationship with Lee Eastman to work with Rolling Stones’ managers Allan Klein, leaving McCartney to stay working with the family.
“This is to inform you of the fact that you are not authorized to act of to hold yourself as the attorney or legal representative of ‘The Beatles’ or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control,” wrote the three Beatles in April 1969. “We recognize that you are authorized to act for Paul McCartney, personally, and in this regard we will instruct our representatives to give you the fullest cooperation.”
The January 1969 letter is going for US$225,000, and the April 1969 letter for US$325,000.