A newly discovered tape of the Beatles laughing and chatting during an early recording session has sold for about $23,000.A newly discovered tape of the Beatles laughing and chatting during an early r

A newly discovered tape of the Beatles laughing and chatting during an early recording session has sold for about $23,000.

Cameo Auctioneers said the reel-to-reel tape was recorded in 1964 and had recently been discovered by a man in northern England while he was clearing out his father's attic.

The half-hour tape sold to an Internet bidder Tuesday afternoon for $23,446 including tax and the buyer's premium, the auction house said, adding that it had yet to contact the winner.

The tape features John Lennon and Paul McCartney collapsing into fits of giggles as they try to finish the ballad "I'll Follow the Sun."

It also carries versions of songs including "I Feel Fine," "I'm a Loser" and "Don't Put Me Down Like This."


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