The strange world of rock memorabilia has just got stranger. The front door from Paul McCartney's childhood home has sold for £5000 ($7680).
The door from 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool went for the top estimate at auction in Gloucestershire, England.
The young Beatle lived in the property from 1955-1964 and learned to play guitar, piano, drums and the trumpet whilst living there. McCartney’s house was bought by the U.K’s National Trust in 1995 but the windows, tiles and fittings were refurbished in the late 1970s, after which the original door was bought by singer Glen South, who then kept the item behind his sofa.
Auctioneer Chris Albury said of the sale: “It came down to three people bidding against each other and the winner was a phone bidder from Lancashire. We're very happy with the result.”
He added, unsurprisingly: “It is an odd thing to offer and a curious thing to put a value on – £5,000 is a serious price.”
When McCartney wrote his Wings hit “Let ‘Em In” (“someone’s knocking at the door/somebody’s ringing the bell”) we assume he didn’t have this auction in mind.