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Beatles “Bigger than Jesus” Press Conference Tape to Be Auctioned

The original reel-to reel-recording of a 1966 press conference where the Beatles defended their “Bigger than Jesus” comment is set to go to auction on June 13 in Los Angeles.

Speaking with the BBC, auctioneers Bonhams and Butterfields who are selling off this piece of entertainment history, said, “We do know what they said that day, we have just never heard it.” Having apparently been kept in a drawer for over 40 years, the tapes are now expected to fetch between $20,000 and $25,000 (£13,000 to £16,500).

The original owner — a photojournalist — attempted to sell the recording in 1966 with little interest.

The press conference was recorded in the King Edward Hotel in Toronto and also features John Lennon and Paul McCartney joking about their relationship, with Lennon saying, “We’re obviously not gonna go around holding hands forever.”

The tape is expected to attract a greater price than some of the items it is being sold alongside, including a cane belonging to Charlie Chapman and one of Michael Jackson’s infamous white rhinestone gloves.

Generally, memorabilia relating to the Fab Four flies at auction, with signed items getting the most attention, such as the 2006 sale of a signed ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album cover that made £16,800 ($25,000) when the hammer fell.