Paul McCartney school book, marked by teacher, goes on sale

22 March 2019, 09:29 | Updated: 22 March 2019, 10:41

An English literature exercise book that Sir Paul McCartney used as a teenager is going up for auction.

McCartney used the book during his time at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where Mr Alan Durband taught him English in 1959 to 1960.

A family, who have asked to remain anonymous, have owned the book "for as long as they can remember".

The book contains 22 pages of essays that McCartney wrote on novels such as Thomas Hardy's The Return Of The Native and John Milton's Paradise Lost.

It features a doodle of a man smoking on the back cover.

"I'd answer the question first before challenging its truth," Mr Durband tells the soon-to-be-Beatle on page three of the book. He wrote notes in the margins for the teenager.

Sir Paul, 17 or 18 at the time, was achieving marks from B- to B++ for his work.

The five essays in the book, marked by Mr Durband, are expected to fetch £10,000 next week.

A George Harrison cassette, containing previously unheard tracks written and recorded in 1978, will also be on sale at Omega Auctions in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside. This is estimated to fetch £3,000.

A Beatles poster which was sold in a garage sale in the US last year for $7 (£5.30), is expected to sell for £12,000.

The buyer bought it for his son, a Beatles fan, not knowing how much it was worth.

A pair of gold-rimmed glasses, without the lenses, worn by John Lennon, will also feature in the auction.

Lennon gave the glasses to designer Barry Finch, his friend, in 1967.

The auction will take place at 11am on Tuesday.