An Original 1961 Beatles Photograph Autographed By The Beatles, With 2 Beatle Drummers!
The Beatles’ popularity grew steadily in Liverpool throughout the year 1961 due to their many concert performances at the famed Cavern Club, which has been dubbed “the birthplace of The Beatles”. In an effort to capture the essence of the band at that time on film, the newly founded ‘Mersey Beat’ newspaper’s photographer Dick Matthews was onsite for a lunchtime performance by The Beatles on December 8, 1961, and snapped a series of images of the Beatles.
Here is one of those shots, an original period print of one of the photos taken on that day by the talented Liverpool photographer - who took some of the earliest photographs of The Beatles. This early promotional photograph measures 8 ½” x 6 ½” and features The Beatles clad in their famous leather pants and jackets, with original drummer Pete Best. Best was replaced by Ringo Starr in August of 1962, and very shortly thereafter this photograph was signed on the reverse in black ballpoint pens by the four Beatles - with Ringo Starr. It is evident that when this photograph was signed by The Beatles, there wasn’t one available to them with the new and current line up, so they used what they at the time.
Adding to the desirability of this autograph set, John Lennon and Paul McCartney have both written “love” before signing, and all four have added “XXX” after their signatures – which is always nice to have. Making this photograph an extremely scarce piece of Beatles memorabilia however, is the fact that Pete Best has also signed it, in the upper right hand corner in blue ballpoint pen - which would fit well into the context of this piece because he is of course represented on the front of the photo. This is a later signature which was obtained by the owner of the photo signed originally by the four Beatles with Ringo. Beatles autograph sets with both drummers are incredibly rare, and this is one of less than a handful that have ever surfaced (thus far the number stands at 3, and this is the only photograph).
This is one of the earliest sets of Beatles autographs with Ringo, autographed by all right after his induction in to the band – and the fact that Pete Best has also signed, thus creating this one of few of known autograph sets with both drummers – makes this something that very few Beatles collectors can brag about having in their collection...$14,000
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A Magnificent Blue Autograph Album Page Signed By The Beatles
Here is a blue colored autograph album page that has been signed beautifully by all four members of The Beatles in dark blue ballpoint pen, with Paul McCartney adding “Beatles” at the top, above his signature. The contrast of the light blue page and dark blue ink is striking and this is a stunning set of autographs in person.
There are no specifics available as to exactly when and where the page was signed, but the signatures date to very late 1963 / very early 1964. This is a really important time period in the history of The Beatles as they were literally on the brink of becoming a worldwide phenomenon and their legendary first trip to America was only weeks away when they signed this set of autographs for a lucky fan. The page measures 4 ½” x 4”, is in excellent overall condition and would look fabulous matted and framed with a favorite album or photograph of The Beatles. Autograph sets in which one of the band members wrote “Beatles” is extremely desirable and as time passes they’re becoming very scarce and they rarely come to market…..$11,500
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A Set Of Beatles 1964 Autographs On A Pink Colored Autograph Album Page
For many collectors, it’s a dream to own a full set of Beatles autographs on one item, signed by the band at the same time. However, with the rising rate of appreciation over years, many found that it was getting increasingly difficult to obtain that set of Beatles autographs. For such a collector, here is a more affordable full set of signatures on a pink colored autograph album page on which The Beatles have all autographed in pencil.
Measuring 5 ½” x 4 ¼”, the page is in very good condition overall, with light staining and two holes punched to the left side that could be matted out with plenty of room to spare should the set be framed for display with a favorite album or photograph of The Beatles . While there are no specifics as to exactly when and where the autographs were obtained, they date to mid-1964, which is an extremely exciting time period for The Beatles with the release of their critically acclaimed “A Hard Day’s Night” movie and accompanying smash hit LP and single, all sharing the same title. This is a nice representative autograph set from the period and here is a chance to get set of Beatles autographs on one page without having to break the set down to two or more signed pages, which would have been more than likely signed at different times…..$6,500
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A Rare Autographed “Beatles Monthly” Magazine: Issue Number 3
In mid-1963, as The Beatles were well on their way on the ascent to, and it was apparent to publisher Sean O’Mahoney that they should get their very own magazine. So he approached Beatles manager Brian Epstein with the proposal that resulted in the publishing of “The Beatles Book”, known mainly as “Beatles Monthly”. The magazine ran for 77 consecutive months between August of 1963 and December 1969. During that period, readership grew steadily from 80,000 to 330,000 a month at the end of the run.
Starting off with an editorial written by publisher O’Mahoney (using the pseudonym “Johnny Dean”) the magazine featured tons of great exclusive photographs of The Beatles in action on stage, backstage, in the studio, at home and just generally ‘being Beatles’ taken by photographer Leslie Bryce, who had amazing access to the band at work and at play. There were several interesting and relevant articles in each issue, mostly written by Beatles road manager Neil Aspinall and Beatles equipment manager Mal Evans. Also found in each magazine were lyrics to Beatles songs, fan mail, polls and contests.
Here is the third issue of “Beatles Monthly”, No. 3 from October of 1963 which features a shot taken that summer of The Beatles having fun in a swimming pool. All four have autographed beautifully near their respective image in red ballpoint pen. These signatures date from the time of the issue’s release date in the Fall of 1963. Measuring 6” x 8 ¼”, the magazine is in very good condition overall, with some signs of handling.
Over the years, “Beatles Monthly’s” signed by all four on the front cover have proven to be extremely scarce, with only a handful surfacing…..$18,000
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A Dinner Menu from the Salutation Hotel in Perth, Scotland signed beautifully by all four Beatles during their 1963 Scottish Tour
On Saturday, October 5, 1963, The Beatles embarked on a three-night mini-tour of Scotland beginning with a show at the Concert Hall in Glasgow. The following night, Sunday, October 6th, they would play two shows for 3,000 fans at Carlton Theatre in Kirkcaldy before concluding the tour on Monday the 7th with a performance at Caird Hall in Dundee. The dates were promoted by Albert Boncini, who had made an exclusive agreement with Beatles manager Brian Epstein to present their concerts in Scotland.
stayed at Glasgow's Central Station Hotel the first night, they changed
accommodations for the second night, choosing the oldest established hotel in
Scotland -- the historic Salutation Hotel in Perth. Geographically speaking,
this was a logical choice as Perth was centrally located between the final two
tour cities of Kirkcaldy and Dundee. On the morning of the Monday, October 7th,
they had breakfast at the Salutation, playing their final show that evening in
Dundee, some 12 miles away.While they stayed at Glasgow's Central Station Hotel the first night, they changed accommodations for the second night, choosing the oldest established hotel in Scotland -- the historic Salutation Hotel in Perth. Founded in 1699, like nearly everything The Beatles were associated with, one of the most notable events of the hotel’s centuries long history is the fact that the band stayed there for 2 days. Geographically speaking, this was a logical choice as Perth was centrally located between the final two tour cities of Kirkcaldy and Dundee. They left the hotel on Monday, October 7th, playing their final show that evening in Dundee, some 12 miles away.
Offered here for your consideration is a dinner menu from the Salutation Hotel dated the 6th of October, 1963, boldly and beautifully signed in blue ballpoint pen on the reverse side by all four Beatles. This is a fabulous and nearly perfect set of Beatles autographs, signed about as nicely as they could have on that day in Scotland in 1963. As an additional, very desirable touch, Ringo Starr has written “Beatles” at the top above the four signatures. The menu, which measures 5 ½” x 8”, has been torn horizontally at the top by the original owner and it is in very good condition overall, with some signs of handling.
A mere 7 days after this menu was signed, The Beatles made their famous televised appearance on "Sunday Night At The London Palladium", which was the equivalent of the Ed Sullivan Show in Great Britain. It was this performance that signaled the start of a national frenzy and the first use of the term "Beatlemania".
This is your opportunity to own a magnificent set of Beatles signatures signed for a fan on the brink of their global fame…..$12,500
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An Incredibly Rare Note Handwritten By Paul McCartney To A Female Fan,
Autographed By All Of The Beatles In 1964
Here is a note handwritten by Paul McCartney to a female fan on an off white
colored white sheet of paper, thanking her for a gift. It reads:
"Dear Vicky, Thanks very much for your letter and the St. Christopher medal, it
was great. Love from all the Beatles", under which John, Paul, George and Ringo
have signed beautifully using the same blue ballpoint pen that Paul used to
write the note. These signatures date from late summer 1964, when The Beatles
were on their first full-fledged tour of North America. The sheet measures 6
1/2" x 6", with folds, torn on the right side with some yellowing.
Beatles full band signed handwritten letters and notes are incredibly rare, with
less than a handful surfacing to date......$24,000
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SA9. A Swedish Parlophone Records “She Loves You Sleeve” Autographed
By The Beatles On Their Very First Trip Abroad
Released in the United Kingdom on August 23, 1963, “She Loves You” (with
“I’ll Get You” as the B-side) was an amazing new hit record for The Beatles
and it set and then went on to eclipse several records in the United Kingdom
record charts. Without question “She Loves You” is the song that thrust The
Beatles full scale into the British national spotlight. It was for them the
next step in their amazing progression after their first chart topping hit
“From Me To You”. But it was not only Great Britain that took notice – so
did other European counties – most notably Sweden, located across the North
Sea, some 1,200 miles to the northeast of Liverpool.
Because of the success of “She Loves You”, The Beatles were in heavy
demand in Sweden and were immediately booked to play a series of concerts
there in late October. And so The Beatles left for Stockholm on October 23,
1963 - the very same day the band had finished up recording for their second
album “With The Beatles”.
Here is a Swedish issue Parlophone Records 45rpm record sleeve for “She
Loves You” that has been autographed beautifully by all four members of The
Beatles in black ballpoint pen on their respective images. The sleeve
features a great Dezo Hoffman shot from the same July 1963 photo session
that produced the classic ‘seated collarless’ pose. As depicted on the
yellow tinted image of this sleeve, each member not only has their own
chair, but their own genuine smile.
This record sleeve was signed on October 28, 1963, when The Beatles did a
30 minute in-store autograph session at the Waidele Music Store in Borås,
Sweden. Later that evening they performed in concert at the Borås Hallen in
Borås. The sleeve is in good overall condition, with some areas of paper
loss on the front, and written on the back are the name and initials of the
original owner, “Eva Hansson”.
For any collector who has been waiting and wanting to step up to the all
important category a Beatles signed record sleeve, here is your chance to
own one without breaking the bank…..$17,500.
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SI23. "A Hard Day's Night" UK LP Flat Fully-Signed By All Four Beatles On
Day Of Release, July 10, 1964
On July 6, 1964, the Beatles attended the Royal World
Premiere of their first feature film, A Hard Day's Night, at the London
Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus. Four days later, on the afternoon of July 10th,
they boarded a flight at London's Heathrow Airport for their triumphant return
home to Liverpool for the Northern Premiere of the film. They arrived in late
afternoon at Speke Airport to the screams of 3,000 fans. A brief press
conference was held, followed by a police-escorted drive to the city centre
along a route lined with an estimated 200,000 people, roughly a fourth of the
entire population of Liverpool. The motorcade arrived at the Town Hall at a
little before 7pm, where 20,000 fans gathered in the streets outside. Here, they
were given a civic reception hosted by The Lord Mayor, Alderman Louis Caplan,
and attended by 714 city officials, friends and family members. During the
celebration, the group stepped out onto the balcony of the Hall and waved to the
throngs milling in the street below. At 9pm, they left in an Austin Princess
limousine for the Odeon Cinema, where the Liverpool charity premiere showing of
A Hard Day's Night took place. At 1:30am, after the premiere, a
limousine ride back to Speke Airport and another round of civic ceremonies, they
took a return flight to London.
July 10th is noted not only for the Beatles' Liverpool
homecoming for the ‘Northern Premiere’, but also it is the release date of their
third studio album, sharing the same name as the movie - A Hard Day's Night,
the first side of which contained seven songs from the film's soundtrack. If
ever there was a high spot in those early days of global success, this was it.
As the four most recognized faces on the planet, the boys were brimming with
confidence over their recording career and the accolades they'd received for the
film. On that very morning of the album’s release, before leaving Heathrow
Airport for Liverpool, they signed for their attending flight stewardesses
cardboard front cover ‘flats’ of the new album. These flats (which measure 12” x
12”) were actually the factory pressed cardboard printed front covers of the
A Hard Day’s Night LP, before being fully constructed into album
covers…..after which a thick, heavy laminate was applied to the front cover.
The accompanying photo shows Paul McCartney preparing to
board the British Eagle airlines flight for Liverpool. The two stewardesses
shown to the right of Paul are each clutching their newly-autographed A Hard
Day’s Night covers. The attendant on the right far is holding the very one
that is being offered here. An enlargement of the cover seen in the photo is
provided for closer inspection of the location of the signatures and the
positioning of the individual letters, making for proof-positive photo
Because the British albums had thick glossy laminated front
covers, the Beatles found it difficult, if not impossible, to sign the fronts
because the ballpoint pens of the day would not take to the glossy surface. The
vast majority of fully-signed British LPs (any title, unless it was a ‘gatefold
album’) were signed on the un-laminated back cover, often on top of the liner
notes — and those few that they attempted to sign on the front have signatures
that are generally incomplete, due to pen skips. This flat, however, was signed
on the un-laminated front cover graphics – with 20 headshots of The Beatles -
making it a far more desirable and rare presentation piece.
As of this writing, there are no known A Hard Day's
Night Parlophone UK LP covers signed by all four Beatles on the front, and
less than ten known examples fully-signed on the back. On this classic cover
(featuring four rows of five head shots, set up as though they were frames from
a movie), each Beatle has signed beautifully in black ballpoint pen on the row
where his respective image appears.
Consider, too, the supreme rarity of having photographic
provenance for any signed Beatles piece. Instances where visual proof of
authenticity is available in the form of photographic evidence simply never
happens, making the photo verification for this signed LP flat all the more
astonishing. You can't ask for better provenance for a Beatles signed piece than
having that piece appear in a photo with one or more of the Beatles!
Adding to the rarity of this piece is the fact that 90% of
authentic Beatles autograph sets were signed in 1963 when the band members were
still reasonably accessible to their fans. Items signed once they had achieved
global fame are relatively few in number because they were generally
sequestered, inaccessible and unapproachable.
In excellent overall condition, the piece has been
expensively framed to museum archival standards. Here is a
chance to own the instantly recognizable front cover of a classic and important
Beatles album, signed on the day of release and at a time when The Beatles were
on top of the world, celebrating their first film — successful, young,
exuberant, creatively prolific and with so much more to achieve…..$65,000
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SI27. An Autographed Performer’s Pass For
“The Great POP Prom” - The Only Time The Beatles And The Rolling Stones Played
On September 15, 1963, an event took place that happened
only once in The Beatles illustrious career: they shared the same stage as The
Rolling Stones, who were at the time “up-and-coming”, yet even so, they were
only mere footsteps behind The Beatles – who had a slim ‘head start’, having
embarked on their amazing journey only slightly before The Stones.
Here is a set of Beatles autographs found on the back of
a 'Performer's Pass', measuring 3” x 2 ½”, used for “The Great POP Prom” - which
took place on this historic day at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Pop Prom took place once each year, and it was a fundraiser for the
Printer’s Pension Corporation. On this occasion, The Master of Ceremonies was
well known British DJ Alan Freeman.
All four have signed on
the back of this pass beautifully in blue ballpoint pen, with John Lennon
inscribing “To Jill love from” immediately before. Both John and Ringo have
added “X’s” after their signatures. A small area of paper loss (a punch hole)
under John’s signature is more than likely related to the function of the pass
and was almost certainly done on the day of the show. This is a nice set of
autographs with an interesting history, from the one and only time that the bill
topping Beatles performed at the same event as their only true peers in the
classic rock genre, their rivals The Rolling Stones…..$9,000
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SI26. An Artistes & Staff Pass From ‘The
Royal Variety Performance’, Signed By The Beatles On That Historic Night
The steep trajectory that The
Beatles amazing rise to fame took in the year 1963 showed no signs of going
anywhere but upward at the same angle as the end of year approached. Having
released their debut album “Please Please Me”, which shot to #1 and also the chart topping
singles “From Me To You” and
“She Loves You”, in early November the
band were poised and ready to release the freshly recorded and future smash hit
“With the Beatles” album.
On November 4, 1963 The Beatles performed at the ‘Royal
Variety Performance’ at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, and it was to
become one of their most important concert appearances. The ‘The Royal Variety
Performance’ (also called ‘The Royal Command Performance) had roots going all
the way back to 1912. It was a gala
evening held annually and by the 1960’s, it was popular variety show consisting
of family entertainment which included singing, dancing, comedy and other forms
of enjoyment for the viewing public, as the show was broadcast on television by
the British ITV TV network. The acts were all there at the request of the Royal
All four have autographed the back of this artistes and
staff pass very nicely in black ballpoint pen, with Paul McCartney adding
“Beatles” above his signature. This
pass, which measures 4 ½” x 3 ½”, was given at the door to Philip Rose from the
weekly half hour television show “Pinky and Perky” (who were actually marionette
pigs). The show appeared on BBC television and Philip Rose was a manipulator of
one of the puppets, and also a wise man to have his pass autographed by The
Beatles that evening.
In attendance were both The Queen Mother and Princess
Margaret and this is the very performance that saw John Lennon say just before
The Beatles’ final song “Twist and Shout”,
“For our last number, I would like to ask your help. Will the people in the
cheaper seats, clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle
For The Beatles to play The Royal Variety show in 1963
was something that even they could not have imagined as the year began, when
they were barely known in Great Britain outside of their native Liverpool.
Through hard work, extensive touring, and of course their amazing music – the
band’s popularity spread like wildfire, bringing them to the place where they
were far the biggest thing in England by the time November 4th rolled
While The Beatles did sign a few items on this momentous
evening, the number of autograph set that have materialized to date is very low:
a few programs, a couple of artistes passes and the odd autograph book page.
The Royal Variety Performance occurred less than 100 days
before The Beatles’ historic first U.S. visit, and while it was indeed a great
achievement for them – it was also the last of their ascending big steps before
their tremendous television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Here is an
opportunity to own a piece of this historic evening that occurred at the Prince
Of Wales Theatre on November 4, 1963…..$20,000
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JL4. A Rare “Double Fantasy” Album Cover Signed By John Lennon
On November 17, 1980, John Lennon released his first album in over 5 years,
and he titled it “Double Fantasy”. Sadly, his family and the world were dealt a
mighty blow when just 3 weeks later he was gone forever.
After the birth of his son Sean in 1975, John decided to put his music career on
‘hold’ in order to devote all of his time to raising Sean. In doing so he
literally ‘fell off the map’ – and it was only after a treacherous and
potentially disastrous sailing trip on a small sailboat travelling from Rhode
Island to Bermuda in a really bad storm - that he was inspired to write music
While in Bermuda, John began writing a string of new songs, for the first time
in a long time and upon his return to New York both he and Yoko were developing,
and then recording the album that would become the last he would release in his
lifetime. “Double Fantasy” contained 14 tracks; 7 were sung by John and 7 were
sung by Yoko.
This “Double Fantasy” album cover has been autographed beautifully on the back
by John in black felt tip pen, and he has inscribed “To Wendy with love John
Lennon”. Additionally, he has drawn facial caricatures of himself and Yoko, who
has also signed this cover, directly beneath the caricatures.
“Double Fantasy” album covers signed by John Lennon are incredibly rare, with
less than 10 coming to market in the past 34 years. In the short amount of time
he had to do so, these were signed by John for close friends as well as a few
people who helped work with John and Yoko on the recording of the album ……and
due to the circumstances, those albums became their prized possessions.
This rare signed “Double Fantasy” cover has been nicely framed using archival
materials. Signed as nicely as it is and with facial caricatures drawn by John,
it is certainly one of the best of the relatively few “Double Fantasy” albums
known to exist…..$18,000
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SI25. A Fully-Signed First Pressing of The Beatles' Debut Single "Love
Dawson's Music Shop Appearance of October 6, 1962
Ever since 1957, The Beatles had been knocking around Liverpool, working to hone
their skills as musicians and expand their repertoire beyond cover versions to
their own original tunes. By 1962, they'd played countless church halls, dance
halls and clubs, served two apprenticeships in Hamburg, cut a record as the
backing band for Tony Sheridan (which brought them limited notoriety) and found
a manager in the form of record retailer Brian Epstein. They had become wildly
popular throughout their native Liverpool, but despite this and Epstein's
valiant efforts, they had failed to achieve their dream of a record contract. An
unsuccessful audition with Decca and numerous other record company rejections
had all but dashed their hopes. Then in early May, Epstein secured an audition
(or, more accurately, an "artist test") for them with EMI's smallest label
Parlophone, having been referred to producer George Martin by Sid Coleman, head
of EMI's record publishing company, Ardmore & Beechwood.
On June 6, 1962, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best
first recorded, as part of their audition, the song that would at long last
propel them out of Merseyside and onto the national music scene: "Love Me Do".
By the time of their first official recording session, Pete had been drummed out
of the group and replaced with Ringo Starr. And so it was on September 4, 1962,
a contract secured, that The Beatles' (in their final lineup) entered the EMI
Studios on Abbey Road and recorded "Love Me Do". (On September 11th, it was
re-recorded with session man Andy White on drums after George Martin expressed
dissatisfaction with Ringo's performance from a week earlier.)
When they started out, The Beatles dreamed of one day having their own record,
and at the time they really couldn’t see much beyond that. Achieving their
dream, "Love Me Do" hit the shops on October 5th and soon entered the British
charts, peaking at number 17. The following day, October 6th, the band made the
15-mile trek to Widnes, Lancashire on the outskirts of Liverpool for a 4 p.m.,
half-hour-long record signing at Dawson's Music Shop. Each Beatle signed their
debut single right on the red and silver label. This signing appearance would be
the first of only three such occasions in their storied career, all of them
taking place in England. That same evening, the group crossed the Mersey to the
Wirral, performing for a Horticultural Society Dance at Hulme Hall in Port
Sunlight. When you consider the fact that the Dawson's record signing only
lasted 30 minutes, you begin to understand the extreme rarity of a signed copy
of this record.
Offered here is a stunning first pressing of The Beatles' breakout single,
signed at Dawson's the day after the record's release, obtained by a local
Liverpool fan named Bob Edwards. All four Beatles have signed their full names
beautifully in ballpoint pen on the "Love Me Do" side (the “A side”). John
Lennon has signed at the top of the label directly above the word "Parlophone",
adding three X's (kisses) after his name. Paul McCartney has signed on the
bottom of the label near (and partially through) the song title and songwriting
credits, also adding three X's. George Harrison has signed the "sweet spot",
splitting his first and last names directly above and below the center punch-out
spindle hole. Ringo Starr has signed with two X's up the label's right-hand
side, directly atop Parlophone's £ trademark. The silver label printing does not
detract from the beauty of these classic early Beatles' signatures. The majority
of the “Love Me Do” 45’s that were autographed by the band were done on the “B
side” (containing the song “P.S. I Love You”), which is less desirable than to
have the “A side” signed as this one is. The record – which shows signs of wear
and play - has been framed to 11” x 18” by the previous owner, with an original
green Parlophone 45 sleeve, and a short written description.
Here is your opportunity to own an incredible piece of early Beatles history:
their first single, fully-signed by all four members at the very
point in time when they would start making the transition from a local Liverpool
bar band to the most influential group in the history of popular music…..$30,000
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