Original recording by the Beatles goes up for auction

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LONDON (AP) - An acetate record cut by the Beatles before the Liverpool band hit stardom is going on auction.

The 1962 recording was made in just one copy and features the songs "Till There Was You" and "Hello Little Girl." It had been in the loft of Les Maguire, a member of another Liverpool band, Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The 10-inch (25 centimeter) demo record is expected to fetch at least 10,000 pounds ($14,000) when it goes on auction March 22 at Omega Auctions in Warrington.

The group's manager Brian Epstein gave it to record company boss George Martin, who signed the band.

Ian Shirley, the editor of Rare Record Price Guide, described the record as a "Holy Grail" item that helped Epstein "to start the ball rolling to musical world domination."

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