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Piano used by Beatles to write songs headed for auction

Images of the Beatles are seen during the Tribute to Film and Music portion of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics on July 27, 2012 in Stafford, London. The show, created by Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, celebrates England's history through the use of pop-culture and history. UPI/Pat Benic
Images of the Beatles are seen during the Tribute to Film and Music portion of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics on July 27, 2012 in Stafford, London. The show, created by Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle, celebrates England's history through the use of pop-culture and history. UPI/Pat Benic | License Photo

LIVERPOOL, England, March 5 (UPI) -- The piano used by The Beatles while writing songs including "Help!" and "Yesterday" is among band-related items to be auctioned in England.

Organizers of the Omega Auctions sale March 20 in Liverpool, England, said the piano owned by film director Richard Lester will be among the 200 lots of rare Beatles items to be sold in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the release of Beatles hit "Can't Buy Me Love," the Liverpool Echo reported Wednesday.

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The piano is expected to sell for more than $83,000, Omega Auctions said.

Lester, who directed Beatles films "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" during the 1960s, said John Lennon and Paul McCartney used the 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand piano to write the title song for the latter film. He said McCartney also used the piano to write "Yesterday" in his spare time while filming.

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