SA3. A “White Album” Signed By John Lennon & Paul McCartney
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SA3. A “White Album” Signed By John Lennon
And Paul McCartney
In November 1968, The Beatles released their ninth UK album — their first on the newly-created Apple label. The double LP, simply titled “The Beatles”, was housed in a plain white cover and quickly gained notoriety as the “White Album”. It contained 30 new songs, most written earlier that year in Rishikesh, India while the group was studying transcendental meditation under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The eclectic style of the music contained on the “White Album” took the listener on an unexpected aural journey. From hard rock to reggae, acoustic ballads to avant-garde, chamber music to country and even touches of 1930’s dance hall, blues and bluegrass music, this landmark release touted nearly every musical genre known at the time. Many critics and aficionados consider it to be their best work and it is indeed a fan favorite, ranking tenth on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Here is an American Apple issue “White Album” LP cover signed on the right-hand side of the open gatefold in the mid-1970s by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. John has used a red felt pen to sign, and the result is an unusually large signature that measures 5¾” long. This autograph bears a strong resemblance to those signed in May of 1975 when he was a special guest host at the WFIL Helping Hands Marathon in Philadelphia. Paul McCartney has signed in black ballpoint pen. His signature, which measures just under 5” long, dates from the mid-1970s, either 1975 or 1976. Any “White Album” signed by John Lennon in any form is incredibly scarce and, to date, only one known example signed by all four members of The Beatles has surfaced. Today, it is worth over $100,000. The album offered here, signed by the songwriting juggernaut of John Lennon and Paul McCartney — arguably the greatest of all time and the composing team responsible for 25 of the 30 songs on the “White Album” — is the first ever to date which has been signed only by Lennon & McCartney.....$20,000
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