John Lennon's first home in Liverpool sold for £480,000 at auction

9 Newcastle Road Wavertree
Image caption John Lennon's first home is close to Penny Lane

John Lennon's first home, in Liverpool, has been sold for £480,000 at an auction held at the Cavern Club.

The red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, was where the member of The Beatles lived from birth, in 1940, until he was five.

Auctioneers said a telephone bidder, who wanted to remain anonymous, was the successful buyer after a "bidding war".

The three-bedroom house had been given a guide price of between £150,000 and £250,000.

The property has a rear yard and is a few streets away from Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles.

Andrew Brown, from Countrywide Property Auctions, said: "There was a lot of interest in the property before the auction from potential buyers who lived in the UK and internationally."

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