Stage on which The Beatles played their first concert going up for bid at NYC rock memorabilia auction

Julien’s Auctions will mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles breaking up with a Beatles memorabilia sale hosted by the Hard Rock Café in New York City on April 10.

Among the items up for bid is the stage on which the band played its first show — under their  original name, The Silver Beats — and a set of lyrics to “Hey Jude” handwritten by Paul McCartney and used during the song’s recording at London’s Trident Studios.

The stage originally was located at Lathom Hall in Liverpool, U.K., where the band gave their debut performance on May 14, 1960. The group, which changed its moniker to The Silver Beetles before settling on The Beatles, played 11 times on the stage, with the last performance taking place on February 25, 1961, George Harrison‘s 18th birthday.

The stage also was the site of an infamous fight that involved original Beatles bassist Stu Sutcliffe, that some have speculated led to his death from a brain hemorrhage 16 months later.

The wooden stage, which measures 19 feet 8 inches wide by 9 feet deep and is 10 inches tall, has been disassembled, with each segment numbered so that it can easily be reassembled. The buyer also will receive a letter from Brian Corrigan, who purchased the hall in 1989. The stage is estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $20,000.

The “Hey Jude” lyrics sheet, which was used during a July 1968 recording session, is expected to bring in between $160,000 and $180,000.

Other items include a baseball signed by McCartney, Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr at The Beatles’ last U.S. concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, and 1969 drawing by Lennon and Yoko Ono titled “Bagism.”

For more auction details, visit JuliensAuctions.com.

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