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Rare signed Beatles and Rolling Stones Ipswich concert programmes go under hammer at Suffolk auction

PUBLISHED: 11:28 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:40 15 June 2017

Lot 653 - a Beatles concert programme from 1964, signed by Paul McCartney, is being auctioned off at Bishop and Miller in Stowmarket

Lot 653 - a Beatles concert programme from 1964, signed by Paul McCartney, is being auctioned off at Bishop and Miller in Stowmarket

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An original Beatles concert programme signed by Paul McCartney is among a number of relics set to go under the hammer at a Suffolk auction.

Lot 647 - a concert programme from when the Rolling Stones played the Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich (now the Regent) signed by every band member. Picture: DANIEL PAGELot 647 - a concert programme from when the Rolling Stones played the Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich (now the Regent) signed by every band member. Picture: DANIEL PAGE

Created when the legendary band played at the Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich (now the Regent) the lot is expected to fetch around £150-£250 at Bishop and Miller Auctioneers in Stowmarket on Saturday.

Rolling Stones fans can bid on a 1966 concert programme – together with two unused tickets for the gig – signed by Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts.

Another relic from a 1964 Rolling Stones concert in Ipswich is expected to attract bids from £300 up to £500.

It is signed by all of the band members and Mike Berry, Simon Scott, The Mojos, Inez and Charlie Fox and The Le Roys.

Lot 794 - a collection of local interest items going under the hammer this weekend, including history books. Picture: DANIEL PAGELot 794 - a collection of local interest items going under the hammer this weekend, including history books. Picture: DANIEL PAGE

Bishop and Miller director Oliver Miller said: “This is a very exciting sale to be having on Saturday where you can pick up a pair of 18th Century Chinese cloisonné vases for £5,000-£7,000 and some Rolling Stones memorabilia.”

Other lots on offer at the auction include historic books written by Evelyn White, covering topics such as the old inns and taverns of Ipswich and the history of the Cliff Brewery.

A pair of cloisonné vases and a collection of design items from 1860 to the early 20th Century are expected to fetch the most money at the auction, taking place from 9am on Saturday.

Exquisitely decorated, the vases have a Qianlong four-character mark of the period and are etched with lotus blooms and leafy scrolls.

Lot 362 - a pair of Chinese cloisonné vases which are expected to fetch thousands of pounds at an auction in Stowmarket this weekend. Picture: DANIEL PAGELot 362 - a pair of Chinese cloisonné vases which are expected to fetch thousands of pounds at an auction in Stowmarket this weekend. Picture: DANIEL PAGE

Bosses have said the items are very rare and are expected to fetch interest from around the world.

They expect to see the lot fetch between £5,000 and £7,000, but anticipate it could collect far more than this.

Clocks, coins, furniture, glass, miniatures, rugs, signs and posters are among the smaller items going under the hammer at the auction, called the June Fine Sale.

Toys, games and works of art will also be on sale.

Viewing for the auction takes place on Friday, June 16 from 9.30am to 4.30pm and on the day of the auction, Saturday June 17.

Guests can take a look at the relics on offer from 8.30am onwards until the end of the sale.

• To view the lots online, click here.

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