The letter was sent following Best’s ousting from The Beatles. Credit: From Omega Auctions
“I read from the Mersey Beat Pete Best has now joined THE ALL STARS and I though I’d let you know that I have sent today, to him a certificate of release from his obligations under contract to myself,” the typed letter from Epstein to Joe Flannery, the band’s booking manager, reads.
In the letter, sent on September 8, 1962 and signed by Epstein in blue ink, the manager goes on to express his “sincere wishes” for Best’s success.
Following his departure from the Beatles, Best eventually left the music industry, working in a bakery and later as a civil servant.
Also being sold is a letter from Paul McCartney to booking manager Joe Flannery, complete with a doodle. Credit: From Omega Auctions
The letter is part of a cache of more than 200 Beatles items to be sold by Omega Auctions on October 28, with the collection expected to sell for around £60,000-$80,000 ($77,500-$103,000).
Meanwhile, all lots associated with Flannery — including an annotated note with a doodle from Paul McCartney — are expected to sell for a total of up to £15,000 ($19,365), Hampson said.