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Monday, 31 January 2011

Important Changes to FAQ and other pages.

Changes have been made to the pages on this site containing information for Sellers and Buyers, plus the FAQ.

These changes include information on new commission rates, new Buyer's premium charges, VAT and Overseas Bidders.






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Mersey Beat Band Business Cards

Liverpool was alive with musicians in the early sixties. Bands sprang up everywhere, and to help get the word out to promoters they had business cards. These small pieces of card offer an interesting insight into the group culture of the time, helping to document the myriad of musical groups available for bookings.


(clicking on the images takes you to larger versions)

There's three bundles of around 20 different musical group business cards going into the Auction in August. Each bundle is estimated at £40-£50.



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Blue Genes in Crewe poster

This is an original concert poster for a concert by The Blue Genes and Peter Wharton at Crewe Town Hall. There's no date on the poster but it probably dates from around 1960/61, as after that the headline band became The Swinging Blue Jeans.


This item carries an estimate of £100-£120

Like many concert posters at the time it is hand painted, meaning that there wasn't many produced for each event. Also posters, like handbills, were often discarded after the concert happened adding to their rarity. Needless to say, original Beatles concert posters of this ilk or highly sought after by collectors and worth much more money.



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Thursday, 27 January 2011

In the footsteps of the Beatles....

The Beatles graced many a stage through out the early 60s and on 8th September 1962 they played at the Birkenhead YMCA. Ringo Starr had officially joined the group replacing Pete Best only weeks before hand!

The original stage has been divided into a limited number of pieces, giving fans a chance to own a small piece of Beatles history.

The piece of stage is stamped with the Birkenhead YMCA logo on the reverse and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity which features a reprint of the original advert for the show as published in the Birkenhead News at the time.

(please note the lot features one section of stage)


This item carries an estimate of £50-£70.



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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Mersey Beat Newspapers.

The Mersey Beat newspaper was the publication for all things Beat in the Merseyside area. Some issues of this newspaper are more valuable than others but all are highly collectible.


There are three lots of three issues of Mersey Beat going into the auction so far this year. They are all volume 3 issues dating from late 1963 to 1964. The first lot of three features all black and white covers, the other two lots feature colour covers. The content features the Beatles and various other local artists.

Each lot (of 3 issues) carries an estimate of £50-£60


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For the Record...

Here's a couple of vinyl lots that will be in our 2011 Auction -

First of all there is a mono Please Please Me on the Black and Gold Parlophone label with Dick James credits.
The album cover has the Angus McBean photo credit in the far bottom right corner.

Estimate £150-£180

Next is a collection of Beatles Vinyl with includes Hard Day's Night in Stereo with Garrod & Lofthouse sleeve and mid-sized stereo logo on the cover. It has a black and yellow Parlophone label with full "recording first published 1964" credit and "The Parlophone Co. Ltd" text.

Also in this lot - Help! Rubber Soul and Revolver all in Stereo with "Gramophone Co. Ltd" text and "sold in the UK" wording on black and yellow Parlophone label, plus a mono With The Beatles and a reissue Magicial Mystery Tour album

Estimate £150-£200


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Friday, 14 January 2011

That'll Be The Day!

Ringo has appeared in a few films in his time. That'll Be The Day also featured Billy Fury and of course David Essex among others.

This one sheet film poster carries an estimate of £30-£40


To accompany the poster there are these, a synopsis of the film and details of advertising and promotions that would have been sent to the press etc... This lot also carries an estimate of £30-£40.


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Trading Cards

Trading cards are still very popular with collectors, this is a full set of 60 UK AB&C black and white cards.


This set has an estimated value of £80-£100

This collection of 60 trading cards isn't a complete set, but it a mixture of cards from the USA series 1, 2 and 3.  It may fill a few gaps in a collection and maybe there's collectors out there looking to swap spares. You never know!


Estimated value - £60-£80



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We All Live In A....

Corgi manufactured these toy Yellow Submarines in the late 60s to tie in with the animated film.


This faded example with no box but working Beatles pop up bits carries an estimate of £60-£80




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Serving up the Beatles

This original Beatles tray has the wording "Made in Great Britain" printed on it.  Later replicas are thinner and use the wording "Made In England" on them.


Estimated value - £50-£60

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A Hard Day's Night In Liverpool

This programme is for the Northern premiere of the film A Hard Day's Night held in Liverpool in 1964.
The event was held at the Odeon Cinema on 10th July 1964.

Estimated value - £200-£300


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Posters

A couple of posters that are going in our auction in August.

French Oldies 45 poster-
Estimated value £30-£40


Candy Film poster (featuring Ringo)

Estimated value £15-£20


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Taking the biscuit?

These two plates were produced by Washington Pottery, and are nice pieces to begin a collection of original Beatles items.


The biscuit plate on the right would have original had a little black cup with it. (Not one with a Beatles design as a lot of people first believed.)

Estimated value - £20-£30 each


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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Scrapbook

They thought of everything in the 60s for Beatles fans. This is an official NEMS Beatles scrapbook, perfect for all those Beatles press cuttings and pictures!


Estimated value - £20-£30.


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Raise a glass or two!

Items are already starting to come in for the 2011 auction in August. The sooner you get items to us the more likely they are to get into the sale as there are limited places, and we try not to have many replicated lots.

Here's some of the first few items we've taken so far.


Look carefully at these gold rimmed drinking glasses, have you spotted it? Yes, the names don't match the pictures! This is the case with all the original versions of these glasses, so if you have a set with the names matching the pictures, sadly they are probably later replica versions.

Estimated value - £40-£50 each.



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Important Changes to the Seller and Buyer rates.

Please note that commission on the sale of auction items has risen to 20%. This includes VAT rather than it being charged separately.

And the buyer's premium as risen to 15%. Again this includes VAT rather than it being a separate charge.

See Buyers and Sellers Notes or the FAQ for details.

Thank you.



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Some Auction prices from our 2010 event.

It was well publicised that the Lennon toilet sold for £9,500 at out 2010 Auction, in fact people are still talking about it!

I'm afraid that regarding other prices for the auction, I never received an official list of prices so here's some from a partial list that someone else jotted down. (Disclaimer - as these prices are not from an official list I can't guarantee the accuracy of the figures.)


  • A Hard Day's Night Northern Premiere programme signed by John, Paul, George and other cast members - £1200
  • A copy of Blackbird Singing signed by Paul at WHSmith in Liverpool - £420
  • Ringo Starr signed promo photo - £200
  • Ecce Cor Meum CD signed by Paul - £250
  • Sketch by Stuart Sutcliffe - £260
  • Abbey Road Street - £800
  • Unused concert ticket for a Grand River Cruise featuring The Beatles from 1962 - £2000
  • Handbill for a showing of The Beatles Come To Town at Tatler News Theatre in Liverpool - £150
  • Roll of original Beatles Wallpaper - £150
  • 1967 Fan Club Christmas flexi  - £80
  • Apple Records promotional watch - £400
  • Complete set of Richard Avedon Beatles posters issued by Stern magazine - £370
  • Limited Edition print signed by Mike McCartney - £170
  • Signed George Martin postcard - £70
  • Cynthia Lennon signed book - £60
  • Yoko Ono signed book - £60
  • Linda McCartney signed book - £80



There are already items arriving for the 2011 Auction. Posts will follow shortly with details of some of the highlights so far.






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