1963 Beatles-signed show program tops $30K at RR Auction
BOSTON, Mass. – A Beatles-signed show program sold for $30,250 in a recently completed sale conducted by RR Auction. The vintage red program, printed with the words ‘The Beatles Show,’ was offered at performances held at the Odeon Cinema in Southport, England, from August 26-31, 1963. The program is also signed inside by four members of Gerry and the Pacemakers: Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick, and Les Maguire.
The program is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, who states: “These signatures were obtained at the time of the engagement in Southport, and are as nice as they could have signed on that day — they are flawless and stunning examples, making this one of the nicest signed Beatles show programs in existence.”
The Beatles played six consecutive dates in the English seaside town of Southport, playing to two sold-out shows each night of their residency and marking the third consecutive week where the Beatles were the featured band at a local cinema. During the same week, the Beatles were filmed as the featured act in a documentary for BBC television titled The Mersey Sound.
“It’s an exceptionally rare program with a wonderful, fully signed image deriving from the very beginnings of Beatlemania,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
Additional highlights from the sale include:
A participation medal given to an Olympics official at the St. Louis 1904 games sold for $33,901.
A Babe Ruth-signed photograph, inscribed in 1948 to Pirates general manager Joe L. Brown sold for $25,826.
A Paul Gauguin letter written to his friend and mentor Camille Pissarro sold for $25,121.
An Orville Wright signature that also features the date and site of his historic flight sold for $20,870.
A typewritten, signed letter from Martin Luther King, Jr., dated November 19, 1962, sold for $14,196.
The Fine Autograph and Artifacts, featuring Sports from RR Auction, began on July 23 and concluded on August 11. For more information, go to www.rrauction.com.
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