Late Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s childhood home, a small house in a Liverpool suburb that played a big role in British music history, could sell for as much as $269,000 this month when it goes to auction.
The three-bedroom terraced house in Speke, roughly eight miles outside of Liverpool, was once an early rehearsal space for the Beatles as well as The Quarrymen, an earlier band that was the first John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Harrison played together in as teenagers before drummer Ringo Starr joined years later.
Harrison’s family moved into the property at 25 Upton Green in 1950 when the guitarist was just 6 years old and stayed for 12 years, according to Omega Auctions, which provided photos of the guitarist inside and in front of the home.
While the property has undergone renovations since Harrison lived there, many of the original features from his time living in the house remain, like the bath, sink, some doors and a large kitchen hutch.
The auction house’s $269,000 high-end estimate is far more expensive than most houses in Speke — according to British real estate firm Rightmove, the average terraced home in the suburb sold for roughly $146,446 last year.
The house will be auctioned Nov. 30 part of a wider music sale that includes Beatles memorabilia like rare original recordings, concert tickets, autographs and even a rejection letter from the band’s longtime manager Brian Epstein to a record label that offered the Beatles a recording contract after initially turning them down.
It’s rare for former Beatles homes to hit the market. Lennon and McCartney’s childhood homes are both owned by British cultural preservation nonprofit the National Trust, which offers tours of the houses. In 2016, Starr’s childhood home was purchased for about $95,000 by a Beatles superfan who also owns properties with ties to Lennon and Harrison’s parents, according to the BBC.
Harrison was known as “the quiet Beatle,” because he tended to be less talkative than his bandmates during interviews and was less flamboyant on stage. While McCartney and Lennon were behind most of the Beatles’ songs, Harrison wrote “Here Comes The Sun,” one of the band’s most popular and enduring tracks. Harrison died in 2001 from lung cancer at age 58 at his home in Los Angeles. Beatles memorabilia is still a hit, even more than half a century after the band’s break up. Last year, a handwritten lyric sheet for “Hey Jude,” sold at auction for more than $900,000.