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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Be Prepared - for another McCartney pic!

Our absolutely final lot for this year's auction is a photograph of Paul McCartney as a boy scout in 1952 when he was a member of the 16th Allerton Group St Aiden Troop.



The full photograph carries an estimate of £400-£500


Quick reminder that the viewing day is Friday at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA from 11am to 4pm, and the auction begins Saturday morning at 10am. (There is no time to view any lots on the morning of the sale.)

An pdated pdf file of the catalogue is now available - follow the link on the top right below "catalogues now available" and follow the old link on that post that will take you to the new version of the file.

Please note the following corrections to the previous versions
Lot 307 The Beatles Now magazine Seventeen Issues (17) Estimate £15-£20
Lot 313 Original Photograph date should read September 1950
as well as the additional lots on the end.



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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Early McCartney Signature.

Even at an early age Paul was preparing for fame, signing for his school mates!


This is possibly one of the earliest Paul McCartney autographs ever.
In 1953 as his class left Joseph Williams school he signed the back of a class photograph for a school mate.

This will be the final item offered for sale in the Liverpool Beatles Auction and carries an estimate of £5000-£6000


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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Lots for LIPA.

The two lots below are being sold in the Liverpool Beatles Auction on behalf of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

227 A pair of custom Shimano STX Bikes presented to Paul & Linda McCartney by Grundig in 1993. The Shimano STX series mountain bikes feature custom designs to reflect Paul & Linda’s personalities and interests and were decorated by Norbert Cames a highly respected airbrush artist. The individual artwork on each
bike was inspired by the couples shared love of the environment and music. Paul McCartney’s bike features guitar strings and dolphins, and Linda’s featuring keyboards and birds. Both bikes were ridden by Paul and Linda and while in a perfect working condition have been used. £5500-£6500



228 Limited edition lithograph of George Martin’s score for The Beatles song Yesterday printed complete with mistakes and tea stains. The lithograph was framed and mounted by Lord Lindley and is numbered and hand signed by Paul McCartney and George Martin £5500-£6500






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Ringo School Photograph.

Hot on the heels of the rare school photographs of Paul McCartney we are able to go back further in time to 1948/49 for a school photograph from St Silas C of E school featuring an eight year old Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr.


Ringo was ill a lot as a child and therefore missed a lot of school making a photograph featuring him with his classmates even more of a rarity.

The photograph is Lot 316 and carries an estimate of £600-£700




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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Catalogue and Viewing Day.


The auction catalogues are now available.

You can call into the shop for a copy at £4.00 each or email auction@thebeatleshop.co.uk for mail order details.

To view an online pdf version of the catalogue click here - or right click and save it to your computer. (Note: The pdf version of the catalogue does not allow you entry to the auction, entry to the auction is via the purchase of a printed catalogue. A catalogue allows to people into the auction. Also please be sure to check the FAQ and Buyer's Notes through the links on the right if you are going to bid on any items.)

If you have booked a Beatle Week package with Cavern City Tours please be sure to swap your voucher for your catalogue. You can do this at the shop at any time over the event (even after the auction is over) There should also be someone at the Adelphi when you collect your tickets with catalogues ready to collect your vouchers and, of course you can exchange them at the auction venue on both the viewing day and the day of the auction.

Viewing day is Friday 28th August from 11am to 4pm at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA where the auction will be held the next morning (Saturday 29th). Please note, items will NOT be available for viewing on the Saturday before the auction commences as everything will be laid out ready for the event to begin.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

All I have is a photograph...

I'm sure we've all got dusty albums somewhere with school photographs in them. Rows upon rows of uniformed school chums all sent to school as smart as possible that day ready for the annual picture to be taken.

But what if you went to school with a Beatle? That would mean that in amongst those rows of school chums would be youthful versions of musicians that would go on to change the face of popular music world wide!

In this year's auction we have three school photographs.

First of all we have a long panoramic photograph from Quarry Bank School which features a rebellious John Lennon with his rock and roll quiff. (see detail of photograph below) It dates from 1957 and carries an estimate of £500-£600.

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The two other school photographs both feature Paul McCartney at Joseph Williams School in Belle Vale, Liverpool.

The first one that arrived in the shop dates from 1953 when Paul would have been eleven. After the local Liverpool papers published a report on the item and the birthday party photographs listed below another Joseph Williams school photograph was brought in to us, this time dating from 1952. This find has been causing a buzz out in the Beatle collectors world as this is the first time to our knowledge that one has turned up for sale.

Both of the McCartney school photographs carry estimates of £1200-£1500 each.

As well as a school photograph from 1953 a young girl was lucky enough to have had Paul McCartney attend her birthday party that year as well. Offered in the auction are two photographs from the party showing an eleven year old Paul posing with the other party guests. These images are previously unpublished and are sold with copyright. They are estimated at £250-£300 each.
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Less than a decade later in December 1961 both of these young school boys were Beatles and posing for their first photo session with Albert Marrion arranged by their new manager Brian Epstein. There are eight photographs from this session for sale in the auction carrying estimates of £45-£65 each.




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Beatles Signatures

Here's a quick list of some of the Beatles autographs in this year's auction.

Lot 61 - George Harrison postcard by Starpic, signed on the reverse Estimate £500-£600
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Lot 85 - Ringo Starr signature on black and white Beatles photo. Estimate £130-£150

Lot 215 - John Lennon and George Harrison signatures. Estimate £900-£1200

Lot 216 - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signatures. Estimate £400-£500

Lot 224 - Complete set of 1967 Beatles signatures obtained during the filming of Magical Mystery Tour at RAF West Malling. Signatures are in pencil on the back page of a 1967 diary. Estimate £1750-£2000

Lot 225 - Paul McCartney signed Beatles Monthly Magazine centre page. Obtained at the filming of Take It Away video. Estimate £275-£350

Lot 308 - John Lennon signed and inscribed card Love John Lennon and annotated with Lennon's caricature portraits of his and Yoko's smiling Faces Estimate £1200-£130
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Lot 309 - The Beatles autographs in biro on reverse of paper envelope Estimate £1800-£2000
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The auction includes other signed items some of which have been highlighted in this blog previously. (Use the archive links at the side to find past posts.). A full list of items in the auction will be available to download soon, and printed catalogues will be available. Details coming shortly.





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With A Little Help From Their Friends

There are many people with close links to the Beatles, via family, marriage, friendship or other associations.

Here are just a few samples of items in the auction featuring signatures by various famous names associated closely with the band.

Lot 13 - Peter Blake signed exhibition leaflet – Peter Blake designed the world famous Sgt Pepper album cover. Estimate £15-£20
Lot 19 - The Beatles Authorised Biography 1968 signed by author Hunter Davies. Until the Beatles Anthology book was released this was the only fully authorised biography of the band. Estimate £60-£70
Lot 20 - Imagine card signed by Yoko Ono. Estimate £30-£40
Lot 29 - 1970 NEMS Record catalogue signed by Joey Molland of Badfinger. Badfinger famously recorded on Apple Records. Estimate £20-£30
Lot 30 - 1960 NEMS Record catalogue signed by Allan Williams – Beatles first manager. Estimate £20-£30
Lot 31 - Sean Ono Lennon signature on black and white photograph of John Lennon. John's youngest son signed on a photograph of his dad. Estimate £20-£30
Lot 32 - George Martin signature on Chrysalis Records compliment slip – George Martin produced the Beatles records. Estimate £50-£60
Lots 42, 43 and 255- Three photographs of Tony Sheridan, signed by Tony Sheridan and Astrid Kirchherr. - The Beatles backed Tony Sheridan in Hamburg and Astrid took some of the earliest photographs of the band during their time in Germany. Estimate £120-£150 each

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Lot 63 - Original 60s magazine signed on inside by Pete Best – the original Beatles drummer. Estimate £30-£40
Lot 199 - Help postcard signed of the reverse by Victor Spinetti and Leo McKern – bothh actors appeared in the 1965 movie with the Beatles. Estimate £30-£40
Lot 284 - Cynthia Lennon signed copy of A Twist Of Lennon paperback – John's first wife. Estimate £60-£70
Lot 306 - Klaus Voormann signed invitation to opening of exhibition at The Mathew Street Gallery 2000. Klaus designed the Revolver album cover and played bass with the Plastic Ono Band as well as on several solo recordings. Estimate £15-£20

The auction includes other signed items. A full list of items in the auction will be available to download soon, and printed catalogues will be available. Details coming shortly.




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