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Sep052017

Tape of unreleased George Harrison song "Hello Miss Mary Bee" up for bid in Beatles memorabilia auction

Courtesy of Omega Auctions

A reel-to-reel tape featuring an unreleased song that George Harrison wrote and recorded in 1968 for his friend Mary Bee will be auctioned at a previously reported Beatles memorabilia sale taking place September 11 in Warrington, U.K., outside of Liverpool. The tune, titled "Hello Miss Mary Bee," is heavily influenced by Indian music, like a number of other songs Harrison wrote around that time.

The tape also includes renditions of the Beatles songs "Across the Universe," "The Inner Light" and "Lady Madonna," among others, some of which are different from the officially released versions of the tunes. Another tape, featuring music from George's first solo album, the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, also is part of the lot being auctioned.

In addition, the lot includes a six-page letter and postcards that Harrison and his first wife, Pattie Boyd, sent to Bee that reference the song George wrote for his friend and also discuss the couple's then-recent trip to India with the other Beatles members.

The tapes and documents are expected to fetch about 15,000 pounds -- or about $19,400 -- at the auction, which is being hosted by Omega Auctions.

"It is an incredible song which really shows George's fun loving and caring side," says Omega Auctions executive Paul Fairweather about "Hello Miss Mary Bee." "Whichever lucky person buys the collection will have exclusive access to a piece of history from George's most influential period as both a Beatle and solo artist."

You can check out a brief clip of the tune at OmegaAuctions.co.uk.

The memorabilia sale is the same one that features a score to the classic Beatles song "Eleanor Rigby" that was handwritten by the band's late producer George Martin. Check out the auction's full catalog at OmegaAuctions.co.uk.

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