Paul McCartney’s school essay book up for auction

An exercise book of essays written by Sir Paul McCartney as a teenager is going up for auction.

The Beatle, who would have been 17 or 18 years old, wrote about novels including Thomas Hardy’s The Return Of The Native and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

The school book also has a doodle of a man smoking on the cover.

It is from the 1959 to 1960 academic year, when Sir Paul attended the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.

The English literature essays are marked by his teacher Alan “Dusty” Durband. He wrote in the margin by one: “I’d answer the question first before challenging its truth.”

The promising student was given marks from B- to B++ for the five essays, which cover 22 pages.

A family based in Liverpool, who want to remain anonymous, are putting the item up for sale.

They say they “have had the book for as long as they can remember”.

It is expected to fetch £10,000 when it goes on sale at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

Also up for grabs on Tuesday is a 1978 George Harrison cassette called The Hitler Tapes.

It contains previously unheard tracks written and recorded in 1978 and is estimated to fetch £3,000.

Experts said the title would have “most likely been tongue in cheek”.

A rare Beatles poster bought at a garage sale in the US for $7 (£6) last year is expected to sell for £12,000.

A pair of gold glasses frames which were worn by John Lennon and given to a friend in 1967 are also on sale.

Meanwhile, a rare copy of Beatles album Yesterday And Today once owned by Lennon and signed by him, Sir Paul and Ringo, could fetch £136,000 in a live and online May sale by auction house Julien’s.

The 1966 “butcher” cover shows the Fab Four in white coats covered in raw meat and headless dolls. It was said to be a Vietnam war protest.

Julien’s is also expecting a baseball signed by the group to sell for £75,000.

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