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Extraordinary 1964 Beatles Signed Publicity Photo
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $15,275.00
Presented is the finest Beatles signed photograph that we have ever seen, with a unique and fascinating accompanying provenance, and a rare unquestionable authenticity (which for Beatles signed items is a serious issue). The 1964 professional matte-finish promotional photograph is a rarity in itself and an ideal venue for signing. This is an expensively produced photo, made for promotional distribution only in late 1963 and early 1964. This is not a mass-produced glossy print. The Beatles are pictured in their customary collarless gray suits. The photograph is signed by all four members of the group: Paul McCartney (grading "9/10"), Ringo Starr ("8"), George Harrison ("8"), and John Lennon ("7"). All of the signatures have been penned in blue ink, with the exception of Lennon (black felt-tip). The photograph is accompanied by a long handwritten diary narrative from the original recipient in which she goes into great detail recalling the day she and her family met the Beatles, a very small excerpt of which reads as follows: Paul was walking along the back of the auditorium. Auntie Muriel went up to him an said 'excuse me Paul but this is my niece Gabrielle and she would like your autograph.' He said of course and started singing a little song about the Angel Gabrielle and he said to me 'I expect lots of people call you that don't they?' Then we went asked John who was sitting along the side he said alright and signed them nicely and then he said Cherio...George went up the far side and then came down the centre and Anstice held his cup while he signed our photos. Although the narrative is undated, the first sentence reads "We arrived at the Skala [sic] Theatre at 9:15." The Scala Theatre was located in London and in March 1964 the Beatles were there for a week filming a concert for the movie A Hard Day's Night . It seems certain, based upon the narrative offered here, as well as the date of the photograph and the style of the signatures, that this piece was signed exactly at that time. Rarely does a Beatles signed photograph have such provenance, extraordinary visual quality, or consensus of unquestionable authenticity, let alone all three. This is an incredible signed Beatles photograph. The photo (9.75 x 7.25 inches) has an extremely tiny surface wrinkle on George Harrison's image (only noticeable when viewed at certain angles) and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 17 x 15 inches. We have never seen a Beatles signed item accompanied by so many highly respected opinions. Even the most jaded and experienced Beatles collectors will be surprised at the extensive roster of accompanying LOAs on a single signed Beatles item. It is unprecedented. It doesn't get any better. In addition to the four LOAs listed, the accompanying period handwritten narrative from the original owner from 1964 who personally had this photo signed, would qualify as the equivalent of a fifth letter of authenticity to most, for a total of five letters. LOAs from Frank Caiazzo/The Rock & Roll Trust, Paul Wane/Tracks, Roger Epperson, and from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275.00
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