Beatles' "Bigger Than Jesus" Toronto Tapes Go Unsold at L.A. Auction

Beatles' "Bigger Than Jesus" Toronto Tapes Go Unsold at L.A. Auction
As previously reported, a 1966 audio tape recording of the Beatles being interviewed in Toronto was set for the auction block this weekend in Los Angeles. However, the rare tapes have failed to fetch a buyer.

The 14-minute tapes featured John Lennon responding to questions regarding his infamous statement that the band were bigger than Jesus. The Fab Four were also asked about Vietnam, the generation gap, and the longevity of the band.

On one of the two tape reels, Lennon jokes, "We're obviously not gonna go around holding hands forever," which Paul McCartney follows with, "It would be a bit, you know, embarrassing at 35."

The auction house, Bonham and Butterfields, expected the item to garner somewhere between $20,000 to $25,000, but because of the house's reserve price - a pre-agreed-upon price for the item that, if not reached, means the item won't be sold - the tapes did not find a buyer, CBC reports.

Jannelle Grigsby, of Bonham and Butterfields, did not reveal the amount the bidding reached, or what would become of the tape reels. Another audiotape of the news conference will be auctioned in Dallas, TX, and online in October.

Apparently, the tapes are no match for handwritten lyrics to "A Day in the Life" or a first-pressing mono LP of the White Album.