Beatles Autographs

CP1. A Signed Beatles Concert Tour Program From Their Second Tour of Great Britian.

Between the dates of March 9th and 31st, 1963, The Beatles went out on tour in Great Britain with popular American singers Chris Montez and Tommy Roe. It was the second tour of their country, and the first with Helen Shapiro had ended mere days before. When this tour was initially booked months prior, The Beatles were only slated to get 5th billing in a 7 act tour, behind Montez, Roe and 2 other acts, but by the time the shows arrived they had a tremendous momentum. The Beatles’ popularity was soaring and although not pictured or even mentioned by name on the front cover of the concert program, they were for all intents and purposes the headliners on this tour. "Please Please Me", their debut album on Parlophone Records was released on March 22nd, right in the middle of the band’s second stint out on the road.

It was 6 days later, on March 28th when the band performed live in concert at the ABC Cinemas in Exeter, England. On that day that The Beatles autographed the back of a concert program beautifully, near their respective images, in black ballpoint pen. Additionally John Lennon has written “Best Wishes” at the top, which is very nice to have as it’s quite rare and desirable to have this sentiment from John. The individual shots of each seated band member illustrated on the back cover were taken by German photographer Astrid Kirchherr at her home studio in November of 1962. A former girlfriend of Stuart Sutcliffe and dear friend of the band who met them in Hamburg in 1960, Astrid has been widely credited for creating their ‘Beatles hairstyle’.

The program had been very well kept by D.J. Keast, the original owner who obtained the autographs in Exeter on March 28, 1963. He has written his name in the top left corner. All of the signatures on the concert program are excellent and complete examples of Beatles autographs from March of 1963. This was really a critical and exciting period for The Beatles, yet even they had no idea at the time that they were well on the road to immense worldwide fame that was far beyond their wildest dreams…..$18,500


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SI28. A "PYX Book"With A Color Version Of An Iconic Pose On The Front Cover, Signed By The Beatles.

Very shortly after the July 1963 Dezo Hoffmann photo session in London that produced 2 of the most recognizable shots of The Beatles ever taken, a publishing company called Highlight Publications set out to capitalize on The Beatles’rapidly growing popularity. The publishing company put together a magazine for the fans, licensed through PYX Productions, which was filled with many new and unseen photos of The Beatles. All of the photographs were taken by Dezo, some candid, some posed, and also included in the ‘fanzine’ were bios of each band member. With text that was often humorous in tone throughout the 24 page book, the color ‘centerfold’ with facsimile autographs of all of The Beatles served as a small poster to be taped to the wall of a fan’s bedroom. The book, which measures 7 ½” x 9 ½”, was a quality product for the 2’6 price tag (two shillings and sixpence –or one-eighth of a pound). It sold well and was a hit, thus making Highlight a nice profit. Although mostly sold on newsstands throughout Great Britain, these ‘PYX books’ were often available for purchase by vendors at concert venues.

Here is one of those PYX books that has been autographed on the front cover by all four members of The Beatles. The cover features the iconic Hoffman ‘standing collarless suits pose’ - from the aforementioned London photo shoot - which also appears on the back cover of the U.S. Capitol Records “Meet The Beatles” album, as well as in numerous, multi-sized publicity photos that were available for fans to purchase.

Although shot by Hoffmann in black and white, this image used on the front of the PYX book has been colorized - hand tinted by artists and impressively done, it looks as good as would have been possible in 1963. This color version of the classic image is magnificent and certainly much closer in reality to what The Beatles looked like at the time Hoffmann’s camera shutter clicked, locking onto his film roll one of the most seen photographs in history. Above the image of the band (although at the time it was not needed for most to identify them) “THE BEATLES” is written in big block letters.

All four have autographed on or above their respective image, with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr signing in blue ballpoint pen, while Paul McCartney has used a dark blue fountain pen to sign. In another hand the name of the original owner “A. Richards” is written in small letters. Over the years, approximately 6 or 7 PYX books authentically signed by The Beatles on the front cover have surfaced, certainly qualifying them as very rare. Although the backstory of this piece has been lost to time, the time frame of the signatures and the inks used to sign are consistent with two other PYX books that were autographs by The Beatles in August of 1963, when they played at The Springfield Ballroom in Jersey, Channel Islands, England. This is a great image to have signed by The Beatles, especially in color…..$18,500

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AP2. 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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SI10. 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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SI6. 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.

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. 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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SI14.  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…

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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 At The
           Same Event!

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 Family.

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 your jewelry…..”.

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 around.

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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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 identification!

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…


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