|Wings over Europe tour bus. Photo courtesy of Omega Auctions.|
After the tour, the bus eventually ended up at outside a rock cafe in Tenerife - a Spanish island off the coast of Africa - before being moved to the cafe owner's garden. "I went to visit them about 10 years ago and saw this thing rotting away in his back garden," current owner Justin James told BBC News. "I said, 'I want it.'"I didn't know what I was going to do with it, I just thought that it should not be rotting away on the wastelands of Tenerife. It took eight years to bring it back (to Oxfordshire) because it was in such a difficult part to get to, how it was buried in this field. We got cranes and I managed to get it back."
Mr James hoped to use it for musical children's tours, but that plan didn't work out. He is now emigrating to Australia next month. "I reckon someone could get that engine going, but I'm not that person unfortunately," he said. Mr James said he had spent £25,000 on costs relating to the bus, and if it was to fetch more than that he will donate any profit to the Arms Around the Child charity, of which he is a trustee. As the bus didn't attract any bids at all, the future of the bus is anyone's guess.
A surprise hit sale at the auction was an old street sign for Abbey Road. Estimated to sell between £1,500 - £2,500, a frenzied bidding war landed it at a whooping £6,000!
|Sold for a surprising sum of £6 000.|
|The Beatles on stage in Bangor, Wales.|
The third film canister contained in excellent quality a black and white film 16mm reel complete with audio featuring an interview with The Beatles at the Capitol Theatre in Cardiff on the 12th December 1965. This is thought to be the only copy of this interview in existence and it has not been seen since broadcast back in 1965. It was also estimated to sell between £5,000 - £10,000, but all the three items went unsold.
|The Beatles in Cardiff, still from film.|
Some interesting items which did get sold were audio recordings like a tape containing two takes of "I'm So Tired" from 1968, authenticated by Ken Scott. Sold without copyright, this went for £500, half of its lowest estimated sales price. The same holds for a tape containing a couple of "Let It Be" session takes of "Dig a Pony" and "I've Got A Feeling", but by the description we feel we have heard these on bootlegs.
A cassette recording featuring George Harrison from 1978 again went unsold.
|A cassette with unheard and unreleased George-related contents, including a song he wrote.|
For a complete list of the items, which also contained signed material, records, photos and other memorabilia, we advice you to have a look at the official auction site: Omega Auctions Beatles Collection.