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Auction Sells Beatles-Signed Paper

August 14, 2001

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ A pizza-stained piece of paper signed by three of the four Beatles sold for $24,000 at auction.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison signed the paper during their 1964 tour of Australia. Drummer Ringo Starr had laryngitis and was not on the tour.

A fan managed to get the autographs while the band was staying in a hotel in the southern Australian city of Adelaide.

The signed piece of paper was sold to an anonymous collector Monday night in Melbourne.

It may be worth more if it can be confirmed that the stain is actually the thumb print of one of the Beatles.

``I understand they were having a pizza in their hotel room in Adelaide when giving the autograph,″ auctioneer John Roper said Tuesday. ``There is a thumb print there, but I don’t know whether it’s the pizza man’s or John Lennon’s.″

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