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Sunday, 28 March 2010

Beetles or Beatles?

I adore this sweet dish! It's a lovely design featuring musical beetles. It's obviously an item created to appeal to Beatles fans in the 60s without using any Beatles images and logos. I often find these sort of things far more interesting than the NEMS licensed items.


Estimate - £40-£50




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Cavern Club Card 1962

Rather neatly we now have Cavern Club Cards from 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964 in the auction.

Here is the 1962 one.

And it carries an estimate of £140-£150




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It's not just the Cavern and Beatles...

Items from the Cavern and referring directly to the Beatles are obviously of most interest to Beatles collectors, but there is also a lot of interest in other Merseyside Venues and groups.

This Iron Door membership card is valued at between £30-£40

This collection of club items is valued at around £20-£30. I love the name of the "New Shaking Around Club" - Do you shake, rock or roll?


This is a small sample of around a dozen Merseyside band business cards which are all together in one lot in the auction. They are estimated at £30-£40 (I wonder what the Bilbo Baggins Band sound like?)


This small collection of Merseyside concert tickets carries an estimate of £40-£50.





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Apple Poster and One Million Apple Note

Here are a couple of nice Apple promotional items.

This poster was issued in the very early 70s by what remained of the Beatles Fan Club.

It carries an auction estimate of £30-£40 and as you can see comes folded.

Dating from the late 60s this One Million Apple cheque was sent out to promote the company and has an estimated value of £100-£120






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Saturday, 27 March 2010

We all ride on a Yellow Submarine?

I love it when I get to see novelty Beatles items I've never seen before.

This Yellow Submarine bicycle seat is one of those items!




It was made by Huffy in the USA and dates from 1968 to tie in with the film.
Not sure you would want to use it as an actual bicycle seat nowadays as it carries an estimate of £700-£800.




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EMI Promotional posters for NEMS artists.

I try not to get too personal about the items in the auction but I love these! If I could I would be bidding on them!

These promotional posters where produced by EMI and sent to shops to promote the artists. They are perfect for framing and putting on the wall.


The posters carry an estimate of £100-£150 each and are entered into the auction in separate lots.




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Liverpool Institute School Motto Patch.

It's always great to have items that link directly to the venue of the auction.

We already have a Liverpool Institute Book in the auction, and now there's another item linked with the school which is now the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

This patch which probably would have been proudly worn on a school blazer features the School's motto


It translates as - "Not for ourselves, but for the whole world were we born." (The phrase is also used in Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio.)

Estimate - £40-£50.




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Reproduction Beatles Lamp from the 1970s

The Beatles were heavily merchandised in the 1960s and in the 1970s lots of fake merchandise emerged, one assumes to cash in on any market for original items. Occasionally these items turn up and while worth only a fraction of the price of the 1960s items they are sometimes of interest to collectors.

This charming Beatles table lamp is a reproduction item from the 1970s.


It carries an estimate of £50 -£60

Had it been a lamp from the 1960s it may well have been worth around £300!




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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Mike McCartney Autographs

Even Beatles brothers get to sign autographs!
Here's a couple of books signed by Paul's brother Mike.
This one is Thank U Very Much

And this one is in Mike Mac's White and Blacks.


Each signed book carries an estimate of £30-£40




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Press Kits Galore!

There are several press kits going into this year's auction.
Press kits usually contain a couple of typed sheets on an album release and often include promotional photographs to be use in reports and reviews. Sometimes they have CDs for review purpose, and occasionally other promotional items such as pin badges.
The estimates on the kits in the auction range from £20-£50 depending on the artist, album and content.

Here's just a few of the kits. More details will be available on individual lots when the auction catalogue is available.

  





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Early Beatles Fan Club Items

Here's a small collection of early fan club items. They date from before the fan club relocated to London in 1964.
The welcome letter features Fan club secretary Freda Kelly's signature.
This lot carries an estimate of £70-£80




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1963 Cavern Club Card

Cavern Club cards are always popular in the auction. Here is an example from 1963, the final year that that Beatles played the club.
The estimated value is £100-£140


Click here for details of a 1961 Cavern Club card also in the auction.




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Sunday, 14 March 2010

The Beatles - Model Musicians

Back in the 60s NEMS licensed lots of Beatle novelty items, including a range of model kits.

Here's a half built Ringo and Paul.
The half complete models are in the pictured Paul box with instruction leaflets from both Beatles and carry an estimate of £40 -£60 for the whole lot.

However - also in this year's auction are two rare unmade model kits of John and George, with the model pieces still in the plastic bag.



These carry an auction estimate of £200-£250 each!


By the way, if you'd like to see scans of the fact files on the reverse of each instruction leaflet please take a look at The Beatles Shop blog entry about them here.



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Sunday, 7 March 2010

1961 Cavern Club Card

We see a lot of Cavern Club cards in Liverpool, mostly from 1962/63, so a 1961 membership card is a bit of a rarity. Also since tickets to see the Beatles in the Cavern hardly ever turn up, a membership card from the years they played in the club is often as close as ticket collectors get.
This example of a 1961 card is going up for sale in our auction in auction and is estimated at £150-£200






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Institute Book going up for sale at the Institute

Items to do with the very early years of the various members of The Beatles always prove fascinating and collectable among fans.

This Liverpool Institute book dates from 1958 and lists G Harrison and J P McCartney among the students.




And of course the old Liverpool Institute High School is now home to LIPA which is the home of our annual Beatles Auction, bringing an interesting symmetry to this lot.

The estimate on this item is £200-£250






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Thursday, 4 March 2010

A couple of interesting artefacts.

First up in this entry is a 1973 Apple Catalogue. It lists all the records available from the company that year.


It carries an estimate of £30-£40

Next is a Beatles Press Book which has mini Biographies on each band member and the band including records releases with tour information over 28 pages.


This item also carries an estimate of £30-£40





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Monday, 1 March 2010

A note from Ringo.

Sometimes autographs are simply ink on paper, but occasionally they come with stories attached that make that historical snippets of time.


This Ringo signature was signed on the back of an application form for membership of the Mardi Gras Jazz Club. It was obtained by Ian Edwards of Ian and the Zodiacs, for his then girlfriend, Betty. Ringo has added a note to remind Betty, and Ian, to meet him in the Blue Angel the next day.
The estimate on this item is £150-£200




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