Astrid Kirchherr, Artist/Photographer friend of The Beatles, dies 81

German newspaper Die Zeit confirmed Kirchherr’s death, noting the photographer died of a “short, serious illness.”

“Intelligent, inspirational, innovative, daring, artistic, awake, aware, beautiful, smart, loving and uplifting friend to many,” Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn tweeted (via NME). “Her gift to The Beatles was immeasurable. She died in Hamburg on Wednesday, a few days before turning 82.

UK: Beatles guitar valued at £400,000 on Antiques Roadshow

A “strange” guitar formerly owned by Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison has been valued at up to £400,000 on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

The prototype fretless guitar, made in the 1960s, appeared in Sunday’s show.

Ringo Starr: ‘Abbey Road’ wasn’t meant to be The Beatles’ last album

Last week, The Beatles’ Abbey Road returned to number one, almost 50 years after its original release.

Until recently, it was believed the band had entered the studio knowing they were making their final album – hoping to go out on a high after the fractious sessions for Let It Be.

But Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn recently uncovered a tape of the Fab Four discussing a follow-up in 1969.