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Rare Early Photo of John Lennon & Paul McCartney Surfaces; Lennon's Childhood Home Up for Sale

Fox Photos/Getty ImagesA never-before-published image of the young John Lennon and Paul McCartney taken a year before The Beatles recorded their first record has emerged.

The black-and-white photo captures the duo posing on the street in their native Liverpool, England.  Lennon is wearing a leather jacket and turtleneck shirt and has slicked-back DA hairdo, while tousled-haired McCartney dons a sports coat -- thumbs tucked into his lapels -- a V-neck sweater and horn-rimmed glasses.  The image, published by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, was shot in the summer of 1961 and will appear in a special edition of an upcoming book by Fab Four expert Mark Lewisohn that's titled The Beatles -- All These Years: Volume One: Tune In.  Lewisohn purchased the photo twenty years ago from a fan in Liverpool, the paper reports.

Meanwhile, if you want to own your own piece of Beatles history, you have your chance.  Lennon's childhood home at 9 Newcastle Road in Liverpool is on the market

The three-bedroom, red-brick attached house in the Penny Lane section of the city is where the young John lived with his mother, father and grandparents.  The house is being sold via an auction that will take place at  The Cavern Club on October 29, but if you want to bid from the U.S. you can contact the auctioneers to set up telephone bidding.

Beware if you plan to move into the house, though.  According to a listing on, many of the landmarks mentioned in the classic Beatles song "Penny Lane" are just a short walk from the house, and fans of the group "still flock to visit these sites and other local landmarks world-famous for their John Lennon and Beatles connections."  So don't be surprised to find tourists at your door.

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