An old school book belonging to Beatles icon Paul McCartney, with grades marked by his teachers, has been sold at auction for £46,800.

Sold by Omega auctions, the item was listed as “an original school book containing English essays written by a young McCartney whilst in Alan “Dusty” Durban’s class at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.”

The book contains 22 pages of essays written by McCartney, the focus being on subjects such as Thomas Hardy ‘Return of The Native’ and ‘Milton’s Paradise Lost’. Along with that, the book also contains four pages of notes on essays.

Amazingly, Omega has originally expected the book to sell for around £4000-£6000 but a bidding war saw the eventual price ending at an eyewatering £46,800.

The five essays included feature markings and grades by McCartney’s teacher Mr Durband. In Mark Lewisohn’s book, The Beatles: Tune In, the author writes: “Paul was now in his final year at the ‘Inny’, class 6AM2, one of the oldest boys in the school… was now deep into his Dusty Durband-inspired literary phase. ‘I did most of my reading in (that) little period of my life… I thought it was a bit swotty, a good image… I felt like I was at university.’”


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