Britain's National Trust may intervene to protect the Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded most of their hits.

The London studios are being put up for sale by EMI.

The possibility that the studios might fall into private hands and be demolished has sparked a national outcry spurred by former Beatle Paul McCartney and prominent disk jockey Chris Evans.

The National Trust said Thursday that public input is being sought before making any decision to buy the studios.

A spokesman says the National Trust has already received an astonishing amount of support for the idea.

The value of the studios in the upscale St. John's Wood neighborhood is estimated at more than £10 million ($16 million.)