Rare Beatles album donated to charity shop raises more than £2,000

A rare copy of the Beatles’ White Album that was donated to a British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop has raised £2,350 for the charity following an online sale.

The 1968 album was handed in to the charity’s store in Sutton Coldfield and includes a misprint that is only found in the first version of the record. It is believed there are only 10,000 of these in existence making them highly sought after by Beatles fans.

The mono album also contained original inserts, a fold out poster and four colour prints of the iconic band.

Although the album was listed at a starting price of £999.99 it eventually sold for more than double. A total of 29 bids were received.

“Our music and vinyl experts were thrilled when this valuable piece of music history was donated to the BHF. Despite its age, the album is in good condition,” said BHF head of retail online Richard Pallier.

“High-value items like this allow us to continue to carry out our lifesaving research and make a difference to the 7.6 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. We would urge others to think of the BHF when donating preloved items.”

Among other recent notable charity shop donations have included a rare French first edition of Alice in Wonderland, which was donated to Oxfam’s books and music shop in Stirling. This rare book raised £3,000 for the charity.

Also, BHF sold a Cartier watch earlier this year for almost £10,000, which is the charity’s highest ever online sale.

The watch had been discovered in a bag of donations handed in by a supporter at the charity’s shop in Hounslow, London. After being verified by the charity it was placed for sale on eBay and sold for £9,766.66.

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