Let it bid! Beatles memorabilia including signed records, postcards and even ring’s drumstick set to fetch over $110,000 at auction!
Beatles memorabilia including signed records, postcards and Ringo’s drumstick set to fetch over $110,000 (£93,000) at auction.
Collectibles of the Liverpudlian lads who changed the world of music will go under the hammer at Heritage Auctions later this month (MARCH 18TH).
Including a prized copy of the band’s second single featuring ‘Ask Me Why’ and ‘Please, Please Me’ signed by the band in 1963 before their big US break and is estimated to go for $40,000 (£32000)
The vinyl was given the original owner of the Cavern Club music venue in Liverpool, where the Beatles and other artists including soulful songstress Cilla Black rose to fame.
Other items include a 1965 drumstick used by Ringo Starr during a UK performance estimated at $4,000 (£3200) and a signed left-handed bass guitar belonging to Paul McCartney estimated at $5,000 (£4000).
Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions, said: “So many people like to collect Beatles autographs and memorabilia as they are so personal, so many people admire them.
“The Beatles wrote such an amazing collection of songs that it’s really something to have one of your living room wall, office or wherever to show it off.
“Plus, the stories behind them are so rewarding because someone was there and got it in person.
“Pieces like the postcard with a signature from Jimmie Nicol who filled in while Ringo had his tonsils out and for a few weeks he got to be a Beatle.
“I also really like the signed album page from 1963 because the autographs are nice, big and neat.
“It’s laid out so well too, it has Paul at the top, then John, George and Ringo, it’s in a perfect harmony of popularity.
“It’s a great piece and from 1963, right before the Beatle’s big break in America, before then we didn’t have an inkling of who they were.
“A lot of people don’t realise that it wasn’t easy to get Beatles autographs, after becoming so popular and once the girls became wild they couldn’t do that anymore.
“The Beatles changed music and still are changing music with the younger generation.
“There are certain songs that remind me of a specific time, it takes you back to a feel-good moment and is cool to have something from the Beatles.”
One of the more unusual items is a rare postcard signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and their substitute drummer Jimmie Nicol estimated at $10,000 (£8100).
The carries the inscription “To Judy, best wishes” and is signed by each of the stars.
It is believed to have been given to a 24-year-old steward who served John Lennon a breakfast of two boiled eggs, on a plane heading to Sydney in 1964.
Gary said: “When you get these stories your imagination can go wild, you can picture the situation.
“Here in the middle of a tour a girl meeting the four guys who were at the top of the world and even better the Beatles had such great personalities and sense of humour.
“To be in middle of that for even a brief moment was so cool, it’s a piece that stops you in time and you can imagine the conversations that went on.”
Other signed memorabilia include a picture of the ‘fab four’, albums, souvenir brochures and more.
Another of the auctioneer’s favourites is an oil painting by Eric Cash depicting the moment John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time – estimated at $4,000 (£3200)
Gary said: “I like all of the pieces, but one that’s a little off the wall is an oil painting of ‘The Introduction’.
“The artist went to great lengths to talk to the Quarrymen and people associated with the church where John and Paul first met.
“No one had a camera, so it was great that he could recreate this scene into an oil painting.”
To register a bid or for more information check out the ‘Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction’ on www.HA.com .
LIST OF BEATLES MEMORABILIA UP FOR GRABS
Second single released in the United Kingdom by the full Beatles line-up, including tracks Ask me Why and Please, Please Me – signed and presented to the owner of the Cavern Club – estimate $40,000
Signed photograph of the Beatles in early 1965 in the Bahamas – estimate $18,000
Original pressing of the Help! Album Signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles – estimate $12,000
Postcard Signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Substitute Drummer Jimmie Nicol – estimate $10,000
Ringo Starr RIAA White Matte Award – estimate $9,600
Beatle-Signed Swing Along Souvenir Brochure with a letter of authenticity from R.A. from 1963 – estimate $8,000
Beatles-Signed Album Page (Liverpool, 1963) – estimate $6,000
Beatles – The Introduction An Original Oil Painting by Eric Cash – estimate $4,000
1965 U.K. Performance-Used Ringo Starr Drumstick – estimate $4,000
Paul McCartney-Signed (Left-Handed) Hofner Bass Guitar – estimate $5,000