There are many theories as to how the Beatles actually broke up, but what now know for sure is that one of the big sticking points at the end was the fact that Paul McCartney was pushing hard for his future father-in-law and brother-in-law, Lee and John Eastman to become the band’s managers.
It was the late 60’s early 70’s and the Beatles sent letters pertaining to the matter, those letters are now up for auction via auctioneers Moments in Time.
In the first letter sent to John Eastman and dated January 1969, they “retain you and authorise and direct you to act on our behalf in negotiations in respect of all contracts proposed to be entered into by us throughout the world.” The letter was signed by Neil Aspinall of Apple Corps and McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (as Richard Starkey).
It was only one month later in April of that year, and after McCartney had married the former Linda Eastman, the other Beatles had had a change of heart. Lennon now wanted the services of former Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein, Klein was now Lennon’s personal manager, and Lennon had convinced Harrison and Starr that Klein was the better man for the job.
This is the letter that was sent to Lee Eastman and read: “This is to inform you of the fact that you are not authorized to act of to hold yourself as the attourney or legal representative of ‘The Beatles’ or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control. We recognize that you are authorized to act for Paul McCartney, personally, and in this regard we will instruct our representatives to give you the fullest co–operation.”
The letter ended with the band requesting that all documents pertaining to the Beatles’ affairs be forwarded to Klein at his New York office.
You can purchase the first letter for $225,000, whilst the second has a price tag of $325,000.