London: A signed copy of The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been bought at auction in the US for USD 290,500, a daily reported.

The selling price far exceeded the USD 30,000 originally estimated for the rare record. It was bought by an unnamed buyer.

The copy of the album includes a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve. The album is believed to have been autographed by all four Beatles near its release in June 1967.

The Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which ran the sale, described it as "one of the most spectacular jewels in our auction".

The previous record for a signed Beatles album cover was USD150,000, which was paid for a copy of the 1964 record "Meet the Beatles" in 2011.


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