Beatles star George Harrison's childhood home to go under the hammer at Cavern Club
Three bedroom, mid-terraced property in Speke has a guide price of £100,000-plus
By Alan Weston
Oct 03, 2014
A piece of Beatles history will go under the hammer at Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club later this month when the childhood home of George Harrison goes up for auction.
The three bedroom, mid-terraced property in Upton Green, Speke, has a guide price of £100,000-plus. But because of its historical associations as a popular hang-out for the band during their formative years, it has already attracted worldwide interest and is likely to go for much more.
John Lennon’s first home in Newcastle Road, Wavertree, sold at auction for £480,000 last year, from a guide price of £150,000-plus.
George was born on February 25, 1943, at his family’s previous home on Arnold Grove, a cramped two-up, two-down terrace in Wavertree. His dad Harold was a bus driver, while his mum Louise was of Irish descent. He also had two brothers and a sister.
After his parents were offered a brand new council house, the family moved to Upton Green, Speke, in 1950. George spent 12 happy years living there before fame and stardom whisked him away in 1962.
A young George Harrison and the band rehearsing in one of the rooms at the property in Upton Green
It was from here that George walked the short distance to the bus stop to take him to school at the Liverpool Institute for Boys each day. And at that same bus stop, he befriended another Institute pupil, Paul McCartney.
Shortly after getting to know McCartney, who was already part of John Lennon’s band The Quarrymen, George was invited to join the group, with 25 Upton Green becoming a regular rehearsal venue – due in large part to the tolerance of Mr and Mrs Harrison.
It was from the very doorstep of number 25 that the iconic photo was taken of a 15-year-old George on his way to a Quarrymen gig, guitar case in hand.
After the band’s success George bought his mum and dad a bungalow in Appleton, outside Warrington, in 1965.
In recent years, the former council property in Upton Green has undergone a complete renovation with a hallway, lounge, kitchen/dining room and a family sized rear garden. The first floor includes three spacious bedrooms, bathroom and WC.
The sale of the house is being organised by Countrywide Property Auctions, and will take place at the Cavern Club on October 20, at 7pm.
The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Childhood home of Beatles legend George Harrison where he lived from the age of six to be sold at auction for £100,000
º Harrison lived at the three-bed Speke, Liverpool council house for 12 years
º Was living there when he first met Paul McCartney and John Lennon
º Their band The Quarrymen, which became The Beatles, practised there
º Guide price is £80,000 less than average house price in England and Wales
By ALEX FINNIS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 6 October 2014
They went on to become the biggest band of all time, selling millions of records and earning millions of pounds, but a house that is going up for auction in Liverpool shows the humble beginnings of The Beatles.
It was the childhood home of George Harrison - where he first met Paul McCartney and John Lennon - and has a guide price of just £100,000.
Harrison moved into 25 Upton Green in Speke, Liverpool, when he was six, and lived in the three-bedroom council house for the next 12 years.
The childhood home of George Harrison in Liverpool is going to auction with a guide price of just £100,000
A young George Harrison, who lived in the house for 12 years from the age of six
The house's guide price is £80,000 less than the average house price in England and Wales
It was at a nearby bus stop that he met and became friends with a young McCartney.
McCartney introduced him to his friend John Lennon, and invited him to join Lennon's band, The Quarrymen.
They would regularly rehearse at 25 Upton Green and it was from the doorstep that a famous photo was taken of Harrison, then 15, heading off to a Quarrymen gig holding his guitar.
A portrait of an older Harrison while in The Beatles
But it wasn't long before they had outgrown the small, terraced house. They went on to form The Beatles, becoming the best known and most successful musicians in the world.
The family home, which also has a back garden, has a guide price £80,000 less than the average price of a home in England and Wales.
But Beatlemania could cause the price to skyrocket, as fans of the band look to get their hands on the home.
Last year, John Lennon's first home, 9 Newcastle Road, was sold for £480,000, despite having a guide price of just £150,000.
The house was sold by Countrywide Property Auctions, who will also sell the Harrison house at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on October 20.
The auction house described the sale of a piece of 'Liverpool's musical heritage' as a 'momentous occasion'.
It said: 'Countrywide Property Auctions are delighted and honoured to once again be invited to offer at auction, another piece of Beatles history.'
George Harrison's childhood home is not the only Beatles property for sale at the moment - but it is the most affordable.
A posh London flat which was lived in by both Harrison and Ringo Starr in the 1960s is on the market for £2.5million.
And John Lennon's old six-bedroom home in Weybridge, Surrey, is available for £13.75 million.
The three-bedroom, mid-terrace house has recently been refurbished, so is in good condition
Though the guide price is low, it could actually sell for much more because of fans creating a bidding war
Harrison was The Beatles' lead guitarist, and also composed many of their songs, including 'Here Comes the Sun' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'.
He also found success as a solo performer after the band's break-up in 1970, before his death from lung cancer in 2001.
He left almost £100million in his will - 1,000 times more than the value of 25 Upton Green.
Harrison practised with John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood band The Quarrymen in the home
George outside 25 Upton Green. This photo looks like it might actually date post 1957.
The Quarry Men at George's brother Harry's wedding reception at 25 Upton Green in Speke
George & his brother, Peter at the Harrison family's Upton Green home in Speke, Liverpool (1961)
George Harrison with his mother Louise at Upton Green, Liverpool, 1961