'The Beatles from Wales': Guestbook signed by stars going under the hammer

It was the place to stay, a fact reflected in its visitor book.

The visitor book from the Grand Hotel reopening in 1965 is going up for auction
The visitor book from the Grand Hotel reopening in 1965 is going up for auction

The Beatles are among those to have signed in to the Grand Hotel in Birmingham, although bizarrely they declared themselves to be from Wales.

Others with names on the books include the Rolling Stones, Gene Vincent and Perry Como is to go on sale.

The Fab Four were among the famous guests.

The book, which contains a snapshot of the time and contains many other names, including that of Nancy Wilson and Ted Heath, dates back to the reopening of the hotel in 1964 after a refurbishment.

Now it is up for sale, offering up a slice of history.

It is to be sold at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge tomorrow and saleroom staff expect bidding to be very strong, especially from American collectors.

Birmingham's Grand Hotel

Auctioneer and valuer Rachel Holland said: "There are a phenomenal amount of names contained in the book including those of all the Beatles and Stones.

"The current vendors father acquired it in 1979 or 1980 when he had a market stall and was approached by the seller and he bought it for £110.

"That was a lot of money in those days and it has been kept in the family ever since.

"It is a real gem and part of history and provides a snapshot into 1964 when the world was full of rock and roll.

The Beatles, famously from... Wales?!

"We are delighted to be selling it and would love to think that it could stay local.

"However, we expect heavy bidding to be very strong from America."

Bidding will be online and anyone interested can contact the saleroom at Stourbridge.

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