LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will call for an encore of Beatlemania with an auction devoted to the Fab Four titled “The Beatles at Hard Rock Café,” to take place on the 50th anniversary of the band’s historic breakup on Friday, April 10. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Julien’s Auctions will present nearly 300 Beatles items featuring some never-before-seen memorabilia, guitars and instruments, autographed items, rare vinyl, obscure licensed material and other rare and collectible artifacts.
One of the headlines of the annual Beatlemania auction extravaganza is the rare and original stage from the first Beatles performance. The band performed on this stage at Lathom Hall in Liverpool, England on May 14, 1960, for one night only as The Silver Beats (their original band name) in their first advertised concert booked by Liverpool promoter Brian Kelly. The stage’s original wood planks have remained untouched with their Victorian-era nails still anchored in the floor joists and is accompanied by a letter from Brian Corrigan, who purchased Lathom Hall in 1989 and reopened it as a throwback bar for fans of Merseybeat, the 1960s popular UK rock ’n’ roll music genre. The estimate for this historic piece is $10,000-$20,000.
Additional highlights include Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles’ classic Hey Jude (estimate: $160,000-$180,000), used in studio for its recording at Trident Studios, London in July 1968; a Spalding baseball signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from The Beatles final U.S. concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park (estimate: $80,000-$100,000); an original shooting script page with drawings, notes, and ideas handwritten by Paul McCartney regarding the filming of the music video (directed by McCartney and shot in November 1967) for the Beatles song Hello, Goodbye (estimate: $70,000-$90,000); John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s BAGISM drawing, featured in the couple’s 1969 Bed in Peace documentary as part of their demonstration against the Vietnam War (estimate: $80,000-$100,000); and a pair of vintage camel beige wide-cut corduroy trousers worn by John Lennon on the Magical Mystery Tour in the 1960s (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).
Julien’s Auctions has broken world records with the sale of Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon’s acoustic guitar that sold for a record $2.4 million, Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum kit that sold for a record $2.2 million, the Ludwig Beatles Ed Sullivan Show drumhead that sold for a record price of $2.1 million and the Beatles White Album owned by Ringo Starr sold for $790,000.
Julien’s “The Beatles at Hard Rock Café” auction will be conducted on Friday, April 10, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time.