We are currently experiencing problems with the WiFi connection so the computer and therefore the email system is not currently set up. You can phone us on 0151 236 8066 regarding items or call in (any day but Fridays - but we recommend calling ahead to be sure there is someone available to deal with valuations). Thank you for your patience.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Birthday Card from Two Grateful McCartney Boys.

This is a rather unusual autograph from the McCartney boys.
It is a birthday card for a lady called Muriel. She was a neighbour when they lived in Ardwick Road and it seems that she and her husband saved Paul and Mike from a flooded Lime Pit at the end of their garden.
This birthday card was sent 50 years after their rescue and is mostly written by Mike and signed by both him and Paul.
(Estimate £550-£650)

Mike as obviously very grateful as he also sent this lyrics sheet to Eddie (Muriel's husband) signing it as "one of those brats you saved" 
(Estimate  £80-£100)

Clicking the images will take you to bigger versions.

Both items will be up for sale in our 2014 Liverpool Beatles Auction next August. 



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Parlophone Promo Card.

This Parlophone Records promotional card has been signed by three Beatles but there are four signatures because Ringo has signed Paul's name as well as his own.

It wasn't unusual for them to sign each other names when things were handed in to sign.

The card will be up for sale in our 2014 Liverpool Beatles Auction next August and is expected to sell for between £800-£900.







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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Beatles Fan Photos

These vintage photos of the Beatles capture the boys in less guarded moments than most published images.
The photos were given to the vendor by the person who took the photographs and are not sold with copyright.
The estimate for this collection of five photographs is £250-£300.

Phillips Studios Record Sleeve

The Quarrymen famously recorded an acetate in the Phillips Studios at 38 Kensington, Liverpool. The door to this studio is now on display at the Liverpool Museum to celebrate all the famous faces that passed through it.
This card record sleeve from the studio will be up for sale in our 2014 auction and has an estimate of £30-£50.

Something New

This export copy of Something New was purchased at the Burtonwood Airbase according to the vendor.
Most export releases were produced for sale on US air force bases throughout the UK and Europe.
The "sold in the UK subject to..." wording on the label was a mistake at the time of manufacture.
The record carries an estimate of £225-£275 and will be up for auction at our 2014 event.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

A Good Place To Start

We try to have a good cross section of items in the auction each year because there's always new fans coming along who are interested in starting a Beatles collection. While some of the rarer or signed items may be out of some people's league there are plenty of really nice original Beatles items that look great when displayed and won't break the bank for new collectors.

Beatles jewellery is good starting point. There are several designs out there making it a nice collecting subset and the items look good both on display and when worn.

We already have a few examples in the auction for 2014.
Each of the items shown below carries an estimate of £30-£50.

Brooch

Brooch

Charm Bracelet




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Christmastime Is Here Again

As the festive season approaches it seems fitting that our first post about items in the 2014 Auction is a bit Christmassy.

Every year the Beatles sent out a Christmas record to the members of their fan club. The records had specially recorded seasonal messages from the band.

The following four Christmas flexi discs are going into the Liverpool Beatles Auction in August 2014 and each ones carries an estimate of £60-£80

1966

1967

1968

1969


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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

New Look and 2014

We've tweaked the page design a little bit ready to start posting about items we have already taken in for the 2014 Liverpool Beatles Auction.

We don't usually start writing about things till January but we already have a substantial number of items in for next year so once we've taken photographs and got all the paperwork done for them you can expect a few new posts here. 

If you have anything you would like valuing (it's free) or considering for the auction please get in touch with us. If last year is anything to go by it's better to contact us sooner rather later as this year we reached our maximum amount of lots several weeks before we normally do and this led to some people being unable to place items with us.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Some 2013 Auction Prices

Below are the prices of most of the items from the 2013 Auction that were covered by this blog. The links go back to the original entries, providing further details for reference.

The downloadable version of the 2013 Auction Catalogue has now been moved to the new Archive section. We are leaving it available for reference.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the bidders, buyers and, of course, the vendors for helping to make this year's event a success.

We begin taking in items for our 2014 Auction from around October/November. Please feel free to contact us for advice on valuations or placing items for auction with us.

Lot 7     Jane Asher signatures - £26
Lot 9     Off The Beatle Track signed by George Martin - £70
Lot 13   Big Three EP signed by Bob Wooler - £75
Lot 18   Cap signed by Paul McCartney - £220
Lot 26   Cavern Club pendant and chain - £150
Lot 27   Cavern Club coin purse - £140
Lot 34   Fourmost "A Night For Mike" items - £20
Lot 49   Beatles autographs mounted with a photo - £1550
Lot 53   Handbill for Beatles at Heswall Jazz Club 1962 - £2100
Lot 55   Beatles autographs split across two pages - £1600
Lot 58   Cavern Club address book - £70
Lot 59   Cavern Club window stickers - £53
Lot 61   Ticket for King's Hall Balmoral - £150
Lot 65   Fan Club Card signed by John, Paul and Ringo - £850
Lot 66   Rare ticket for Lewis's staff dance - £3550
Lot 68   Beatles Tea Towel - £25
Lot 69   Beatles Wig - £70
Lot 71   Section of Beatles material - £40
Lot 72   George Harrison portrait in original packaging - £55
Lot 73   Ringo Starr portrait in original packaging - £40
Lot 74   Maestro Four Pop guitar - £180
Lot 77   Selcol cutaway guitar - £200
Lot 78   Limited Edition George Harrison print by Klaus Voormann - £85
Lot 80   Five Royal Doulton Beatles character jugs - £350
Lot 81   Roll of Beatles wallpaper - £140
Lot 82   Beatles Headband - £100
Lot 83   Beatles sun hat - £125
Lot 85   Beatles sweatshirt - £90
Lot 97   Hand written thank you letter from John and Yoko - £2600
Lot 106 Art College enrolment card for Cynthia Lennon - £580
Lot 107 Art College student record card for Cynthia Lennon - £160
Lot 108 Art College student record card for John Lennon - £440
Lot 111 Letter to Prime Minister Harold Wilson from the Cavern - £100
Lot 120 Beatles ringbinder - £50
Lot 121 New Series Trading Card box - £85
Lot 123 Sealed box of Topps Chewing Gum colour trading cards - £280
Lot 124 Beatles Diary display box - £300
Lot 125 Licorice Records box plus five licorice records - £340
Lot 127 Beatles pens - £170
Lot 132 John Lennon's Tie - £3100
Lot 135 Fab Club patch, unused design - £30
Lot 139 George Fact sheet and photo signed by his mum Louise - £160
Lot 140 Gift tag signed by Brian Epstein - £520
Lot 150 Quarry Bank School book signed by John Lennon while at school - £2800
Lot 151 Quarry Bank School book signed by John Lennon while at school - £7400
Lot 160 & 161 Previously unseen photo of the Beatles in the Cavern Club, signed on reverse £2800 each
Lot 169 Wooden Spoon signed by John and Yoko - £740
Lot 174 Apple keyring - £110
Lot 177 Dentist Apple Club poster featuring the Beatles - £140
Lot 184 Letter to the Cavern from John Moores - £40
Lot 185 Letter to the Cavern from Norman Rossington - £90
Lot 188 Letter to Bob Wooler at the Cavern - £90
Lot 189 Two page letter to Paul on Cavern headed paper - £180
Lot 190 Chris Farlowe handbill and ticket for the Cavern, plus signature - £90
Lot 196 NEMS 12" paper bag - £60
Lot 200 Big Six guitar with box - £260
Lot 201 New Beat guitar with damaged box - £100
Lot 202 New Beat drum with box - £600
Lot 203 Junior Maestro guitar with packaging - £2400
Lot 207 Letter from Apple about house deeds - £100
Lot 208 Locarno pennant - £80
Lot 215 Yellow Sub lunch box - £170
Lot 216 Yellow Sub thermos flask - £130
Lot 218 Yellow Sub comic book - £45
Lot 219 Yellow Sub notebook - £100
Lot 220 Yellow Sub A4 notebook - £210
Lot 221 Yellow Sub Glove stick-ons - £50
Lot 222 Yellow Sub ringbinder - £230
Lot 223 Yellow Sub corgi toy with box - £420
Lot 225 Peter Kaye photograph signed by John, Paul and Ringo - £2400
Lot 251 Five Beatles signatures on Fan Club night card - £5500
Lot 256 Concert for Bangla Desh poster - £140
Lot 258 Sign from St Peter's Church, Woolton - £360
Lot 259 Photos taken of filming of Magical Mystery Tour - £300
Lot 260 Set of Beatles autographs obtained at filming of Magical Mystery Tour - £4300
Lot 266 Ballito Beatles stocking in packaging - £40
Lot 271 A section of floor from St Peter's Church, Woolton - £260
Lot 273 Biscuit plate and cup - £75
Lot 281 Yellow Sub large badges - £50
Lot 283 Postcard to Cavern Club from Bill Collins, signed Badfinger Bill - £180
Lot 284 Postcard to Cavern Club from Bill Collins - £155
Lot 285 Letter to Cavern Club confirming a booking for The Iveys - £260
Lot 286 One page hand written letter from Bill Collins (mentions Apple) - £260
Lot 287 Two page hand written letter from Bill Collins (mentions Plastic Ono Band) - £300
Lot 288 Fresh From Apple leaflet signed by Bill Collins - £220
Lot 296 Beatles Blanket - £50
Lot 299 Beatles Hair brush - £80
Lot 307 Three tickets to the Cavern Club - £80
Lot 308 Three tickets to the Cavern Club - £80
Lot 315 Sgt Pepper Factory Sample album - £100

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

2013 Beatles Auction - a very quick round up.

Everyone here at the Beatles Shop had a feeling that our auction this year was going to be a bit special, and we weren't wrong. There were some brilliant lots and we are really pleased with the prices some of the items fetched for the vendors.

Lots of people have been asking about the door to 20 Forthlin Road, sadly this item failed to reach its reserve price and remained unsold.

However, our other star lot, John Lennon's tie, did sell. The hammer price was £3120. The sale even made Rolling Stone web site! Click here to read the article.

The lot that took us by surprise was one of the Quarry Bank School text books signed out by John Lennon, one of these contained two early Lennon signatures and sold for an amazing £7400. The vendor was in the room and couldn't believe the price. The other, with one signature in, went for £2800. Obviously there's a lot of interest in early signatures and things to do with life pre-Beatles. 

The Junior Mastro guitar still in its packaging sold for £2400. Most of the value there is in the packaging, it's unusual to find toys still with their boxes these days. 

The set of autographs obtained at the filming of Magical Mystery Tour sold for £4300. 

The sets of five autographs featuring both Pete Best and Ringo Starr sold for £4600 and £5500.

These are just the highlights. Once we've fully recovered from Beatle Week there will be a list of prices for the lots we covered in the blog this year. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

IMPORTANT - Telephone bidding

Unfortunately due to technical problems we are now unable to offer telephone bidding at this year's auction.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.




Monday, 19 August 2013

Catalogue available to download now (updated)

The text only version of the 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction Catalogue is now available to download in pdf format - Click here for details

PLEASE NOTE LOT 194 HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN.

IMPORTANT NOTE - VAT IS PAYABLE AT 20% ON THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE WINNING BID FOR LOT 290

Below is a list of everything we have covered in the blog this year along with the lot numbers of each items. All the entries have colour photographs of the items and usually a bit more detail about each item.

Lot 7     Jane Asher signatures
Lot 9     Off The Beatle Track signed by George Martin
Lot 13   Big Three EP signed by Bob Wooler
Lot 18   Cap signed by Paul McCartney
Lot 26   Cavern Club pendant and chain
Lot 27   Cavern Club coin purse
Lot 34   Fourmost "A Night For Mike" items
Lot 49   Beatles autographs mounted with a photo
Lot 53   Handbill for Beatles at Heswall Jazz Club 1962
Lot 55   Beatles autographs split across two pages
Lot 58   Cavern Club address book
Lot 59   Cavern Club window stickers
Lot 61   Ticket for King's Hall Balmoral
Lot 65   Fan Club Card signed by John, Paul and Ringo
Lot 66   Rare ticket for Lewis's staff dance
Lot 68   Beatles Tea Towel
Lot 69   Beatles Wig
Lot 71   Section of Beatles material
Lot 72   George Harrison portrait in original packaging
Lot 73   Ringo Starr portrait in original packaging
Lot 74   Maestro Four Pop guitar
Lot 77   Selcol cutaway guitar
Lot 78   Limited Edition George Harrison print by Klaus Voormann
Lot 80   Five Royal Doulton Beatles character jugs
Lot 81   Roll of Beatles wallpaper
Lot 82   Beatles Headband
Lot 83   Beatles sun hat
Lot 84   Beatles Go-go bag
Lot 85   Beatles sweatshirt
Lot 97   Hand written thank you letter from John and Yoko
Lot 106 Art College enrolment card for Cynthia Lennon
Lot 107 Art College student record card for Cynthia Lennon
Lot 108 Art College student record card for John Lennon
Lot 110 Letter to the Cavern from Leslie Grade
Lot 111 Letter to Prime Minister Harold Wilson from the Cavern
Lot 112 Letter to the Cavern from David Jacobs
Lot 120 Beatles ringbinder
Lot 121 New Series Trading Card box
Lot 123 Sealed box of Topps Chewing Gum colour trading cards
Lot 124 Beatles Diary display box
Lot 125 Licorice Records box plus five licorice records
Lot 127 Beatles pens
Lot 132 John Lennon's Tie
Lot 135 Fab Club patch, unused design
Lot 139 George Fact sheet and photo signed by his mum Louise
Lot 140 Gift tag signed by Brian Epstein
Lot 142 Paul McCartney autograph
Lot 143 Cavern Brick
Lot 144 Original piece of Cavern Club stage
Lot 150 Quarry Bank School book signed by John Lennon while at school
Lot 151 Quarry Bank School book signed by John Lennon while at school
Lot 160 & 161 Previously unseen photo of the Beatles in the Cavern Club, signed on reverse
Lot 169 Wooden Spoon signed by John and Yoko
Lot 174 Apple keyring
Lot 177 Dentist Apple Club poster featuring the Beatles
Lot 184 Letter to the Cavern from John Moores
Lot 185 Letter to the Cavern from Norman Rossington
Lot 186 Letter to the Cavern from Simon Dee
Lot 188 Letter to Bob Wooler at the Cavern
Lot 189 Two page letter to Paul on Cavern headed paper
Lot 190 Chris Farlowe handbill and ticket for the Cavern, plus signature
Lot 193 Hello Goodbye Demo 
Lot 196 NEMS 12" paper bag
Lot 200 Big Six guitar with box
Lot 201 New Beat guitar with damaged box
Lot 202 New Beat drum with box
Lot 203 Junior Maestro guitar with packaging
Lot 207 Letter from Apple about house deeds
Lot 208 Locarno pennant
Lot 215 Yellow Sub lunch box
Lot 216 Yellow Sub thermos flask
Lot 217 Yellow Sub trading cards
Lot 218 Yellow Sub comic book
Lot 219 Yellow Sub notebook
Lot 220 Yellow Sub A4 notebook
Lot 221 Yellow Sub Glove stick-ons
Lot 222 Yellow Sub ringbinder
Lot 223 Yellow Sub corgi toy with box
Lot 225 Peter Kaye photograph signed by John, Paul and Ringo
Lot 251 Five Beatles signatures on Fan Club night card (see also Lot 250)
Lot 252 Signed Please Please Me single
Lot 256 Concert for Bangla Desh poster
Lot 258 Sign from St Peter's Church, Woolton
Lot 259 Photos taken of filming of Magical Mystery Tour
Lot 260 Set of Beatles autographs obtained at filming of Magical Mystery Tour
Lot 266 Ballito Beatles stocking in packaging
Lot 271 A section of floor from St Peter's Church, Woolton
Lot 273 Biscuit plate and cup
Lot 281 Yellow Sub large badges
Lot 283 Postcard to Cavern Club from Bill Collins, signed Badfinger Bill
Lot 284 Postcard to Cavern Club from Bill Collins
Lot 285 Letter to Cavern Club confirming a booking for The Iveys
Lot 286 One page hand written letter from Bill Collins (mentions Apple)
Lot 287 Two page hand written letter from Bill Collins (mentions Plastic Ono Band)
Lot 288 Fresh From Apple leaflet signed by Bill Collins
Lot 290 Front Door to 20 Forthlin Road
Lot 296 Beatles Blanket
Lot 299 Beatles Hair brush
Lot 307 Three tickets to the Cavern Club
Lot 308 Three tickets to the Cavern Club
Lot 315 Sgt Pepper Factory Sample album

Let 'Em In!

We have the door from 20 Forthlin Road up for sale in our auction this year. The door was on the former McCartney homestead when the family moved out and the property was sold.  Some years later work was done on the house and the door was rescued (with permission) from being thrown away. More recently the door was sold on in auction to the current vendor.

The door comes with a letter of provenance from Mrs Sheila Jones who moved into the house after the McCartneys left. You can read about how the letter was obtained on the Liverpool Echo site. 



This is an amazing piece of memorabilia and would certainly be the "conversation piece" in any Beatles collection!

Estimate: TBC

IMPORTANT NOTICE - VAT IS PAYABLE AT 20% ON THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE WINNING BID FOR THIS ITEM.


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Information for Bidders and Buyers

From the FAQ page -

How do I get into the auction?
Entrance to the auction is by catalogue. This is your ticket in. Catalogues are free and can be picked up from The Beatles Shop once they are available. Also there is usually someone in the Adephi Hotel foyer handing them out on the Friday before the sale and the Saturday morning before we begin. A downloadable version of the catalogue will also be available on this site.

How do I bid?
If you are attending the auction and may be looking to bid on any item(s) you must register at the desk before the sale begins. You will need to provide us with contact details and we will give you a bidding paddle with a number on it. You need to be sure the auctioneer has written this number down if you are a successful bidder.

How do I make an absentee bid?
You can use the bidding form on this site, but please contact us if you do not receive an acknowledgement via email that we have received your bid. You can also fax your bid to us on 0113 2779750, or from the USA 0144113 2779750. Or you can email bids to auction@thebeatleshop.co.uk, again please get in touch if an emailed bid is not acknowledged.

Do you accept Overseas Bids?
We certainly do. See above for the contact details for absentee bidders. All bids must be made in Pounds Sterling, not local currency. Overseas bidders will be asked for credit card details to secure their bids, however this does not have to be the method of payment if your bid is successful. Should you be the winning bidder you will be contacted so that payment can be arranged.

What methods of payment can I use?
We accept cash, credit card (subject to a 3% administration charge) and personal cheques (drawn on a UK bank, with bankers guarantee cards within the limit.) Please see Buyers Notes for more details. Also please note that a buyer’s premium of 17% of the hammer price is payable by the buyer’s of all lots, this premium includes VAT

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Important Information from the Buyer's Notes page

Absentee Bids
If instructed we will execute bids and advise intending purchasers. This service is free. Lots will always be bought as cheaply as is allowed by such other bids and reserves that are on our books. In the event of identical bids the earliest will take precedence. Always indicate a "top limit" - the amount to which you would bid if you attended the auction yourself. "Buy" or unlimited bids will not be accepted. Orders, when placed by telephone are accepted but only at the sender’s risk, and must be confirmed before the sale by letter or fax. Fax number for bids only: 0113 2779750, or from the USA 0144113 2779750. Or you can email bids to auction@thebeatleshop.co.uk (please note if you email is not acknowledged after two or three days please resend.

Paddle Bidding
To assist the progress of the sale, all intending buyers are asked to collect a bidding paddle before the commencement of selling. All intended purchasers who are not known to the auctioneers should bring with them some means of identification. The numbered paddle may be used to indicate your bids to the auctioneer during the sale. Should you be the successful buyer of any lot, please ensure that your bid paddle can be seen the auctioneer, and that your number is called out. Should there be any doubts as to price or buyer, please draw the auctioneer’s attention to it immediately. All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address given against the issue of the numbered bid paddle and cannot be transferred to other names and addresses. Please do not mislay your paddle. In the event of loss inform the sales clerk. At the end of the sale please return your paddle to the registration desk. This system does not apply to order bidders.

Buyer’s Premium
A buyer’s premium of 17% of the hammer price is payable by the buyer’s of all lots, this includes VAT.

Pre-Sale Estimates
The pre-sale estimates are intended as a guide for the prospective purchaser. Any bid between the listed figures would, in our opinion, offer a fair chance of success. However all lots, depending on the degree of competition, can realise prices above and below the listed estimates. It is always advisable to consult us nearer the time of sales as estimates can be subject to revision.

Storage Charges
Items not collected within five working days (Saturdays included) of the sale will be liable to storage charges.

Methods of Payment
Payment would be preferred by cash or banker’s draft. Buyers are advised that property will not be released until funds have cleared. We are able to accept payment via Mastercard, Visa and Amex subject to the discretion of the auctioneers and authorisation. The service charge of 3% made by these credit companies will be passed on to the user. Payment via debit card occur no extra charge. Purchases may be collected or dispatched upon full payment for the goods. Should shipping be required by the purchaser, costs will be incurred at their expense. All cheques and banker's drafts will be accepted subject to clearance..

Methods of Dispatch
To be arranged with the auctioneers. All carriage charges to be paid prior to shipping.
Clearance and Insurance
Purchasers are requested to arrange clearance of lots as early as possible and are reminded that purchases are only insured for five days.

Important Notice
Buyers are reminded that all lots are sold as shown, and it is their responsibility to inspect the lot for sale. The absence of reference to condition in the catalogue does not imply that the lot is free from faults or imperfections, unless the lot carries a condition description.  Also, unless stated in the description items do not come with letters of authenticity or provenance, nor can such documents be obtained from vendors after the sale.  Please note that the auctioneers are not able to provide documentation regarding items sold, unless it has been provided by the vendor when the item was placed into the auction.

IMPORTANT
BUYERS ARE REMINDED THAT THERE IS A BUYER’S PREMIUM PAYABLE ON THE FINAL BID PRICE OF EACH LOT.

The estimated prices printed below the catalogue descriptions are approximate . They are not definite. They are prepared well in advance of the sale and are subject to revision.

Monday, 12 August 2013

IMPORTANT NOTICE - LOT 194 WITHDRAWN


Lot 194 - The US issued White Album number 4 - has been withdrawn from this year's auction.

This is due to circumstances beyond our control and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We will be contacting those who have placed absentee bids with us in due course.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Reminders

Due to us getting a few enquiries about placing items into the auction we would like to remind people that the auction is full. We have limited space each year, and usually stop taking items in June at the latest. (This year it was earlier due to the high volume of items we'd already received)  This is to give us time to lot up the items and to produce the auction catalogue. You can not turn up with items on the day of the auction and expect them to be entered into the auction.

However, if you have something you would like to enter into next year's auction or simply would like valued then please contact us for valuations and advice. We need a little breather after the auction and Beatles Week to catch up with ourselves and get all the paperwork involved with the sales sorted out, but we start to take items from around October/November. See the FAQ page for any questions you may have about selling your items with us.

Other reminders -
-List of all items covered in this blog and their lot numbers in this year's catalogue
-Photos of a few of the autographed items in the auction not covered by this blog
-Telephone bidding
-How to get a catalogue
-FAQs
-Buyers Notes
-Our contact details

Monday, 29 July 2013

How To Get a Catalogue for the 2013 Auction

The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction catalogue is at the printers and will be available later this week.
Catalogues are free, but we do have to charge for postage and packaging where applicable.
Here's how to get a copy -

- if you're local, pop in and pick one up. They should be here by the weekend of the 3rd August.
- if you're in the UK, write your name and address on an A5 sized envelope with a large letter stamp on it and pop it in another envelope addressed to Auction Catalogue, The Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE.  Please note if you affix the wrong kind of stamp you may be charged extra postage when the catalogue arrives with you.
- if you're overseas, email us at auction@thebeatleshop.co.uk for details of how to pay the postage fees for us to send the catalogue to you. Put Catalogue Request in the subject line.
- if you are coming to Liverpool for Beatle Week someone should be in the lounge or foyer of the Adelphi handing out catalogues on the Friday of the viewing day and the Saturday morning before the auction.
- Catalogues will also be available at the auction venue on the viewing day and the day of the auction.


The catalogue is also available to download by clicking this link.

Some photos of autographed items

We've had a number of requests for images of some the Beatles autographs for sale in the auction but not covered in this blog. To help save time here are the ones we've been asked about the most. Please remember to check the list of previously posted of items covered by the blog this year.

Lot 103

Lot 104

Lot 105

Lot 162

Lot 224

Lot 240

Lot 241

Lot 261

Lot 267

Lot 277

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction

With so many rare and unusual items on offer, it looks like the 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction will be the best one yet.

Here’s just a few of the highlights.

Fan Club Night card signed by five Beatles – this promotional card from a special fan club night down in the Cavern Club was signed by all four Beatles at the time including Pete Best and not long afterwards was also signed by Ringo Starr. It is expected to reach between £4750-£5500 in the August auction.

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facebook_722694652Jumping ahead to 1967 this set of Beatles autographs was obtained when they were filming the I Am The Walrus sequence for Magical Mystery Tour at RAF West Malling. After they stopped touring it was harder to find all the Beatles in one place therefore full sets of autographs from the latter part of the 60s are rare. This set, which includes a few other Magical Mystery Tour cast members has been valued at £5000-£6000


Extremely early autographs are very popular, but there’s not too many as early as these by John Lennon. These two school text books are from Quarry Bank school in Liverpool and both were signed out by John while he was at the school. The books carry an estimate of £2000-£2750 each.

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tie

Another personal item of John Lennon’s that is up for auction this year is his tie. This black knitted piece of neckwear was given to a fan in the Cavern Club in 1962. A letter detailing the circumstances comes with this item. Anyone looking to buy this unusual piece of Beatle memorabilia can expect to pay £1700-£1800 for it.


Staying with the Cavern Club theme and rare items – there are two previously unseen photographs of the Beatles in the Cavern in this year’s auction. They are both signed on the reverse but although there are four signatures, they are not complete sets of Beatles autographs as Paul McCartney has signed John Lennon’s name. This doesn’t detract from the historical value of the previously unknown photographs and they carry a value of £3250-£3750 each. (Please note the image below is edited and watermarked to preserve the value of the item.)
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Tickets to early Beatles shows are extremely collectible. There are so few about because they either played un-ticketed club bookings or tickets were collected at the door and later binned en masse. The ticket below is for a staff dance at Lewis’s Department store in Liverpool. The club listed on the ticket was on the 6th floor of the building. The estimate for this very rare ticket is £2250-£2500

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heswallflyer[6]Handbills, much like tickets, are items that were picked up at the time and more often than not thrown away at a later date once a gig was over. This makes surviving handbills for early Beatles concerts quite valuable. This handbill for a concert at Heswall Jazz Club in March 1962 is from Freda Kelly’s personal collection. Freda was the Beatles Fan Club secretary from the early days in Liverpool right through to when the Fan Club ended. The handbill is expected to fetch £2250-£2500 when it is sold in our auction in August.


Radio DJs would sometimes get promotional copies of singles to play before release to help publicise the songs. This demonstration record on the Parlophone green A label is for Hello Goodbye with I Am The Walrus on the B side. It will be put up for auction in August and is expected to reach £1600-£1800.

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And if all that wasn't enough there's over 300 lots all over varying values to hopefully please every collectors pocket. There's original magazines, photos, autographs, collectibles and even Paul McCartney's front door! 

The 2013 Liverpool Beatle Auction is to held at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in LIverpool on Saturday 24th August 2013, starting from 10.30am.

There is a viewing day at the same location on Friday 23th August from 11am to 4pm

Catalogues will be available from The Beatles Shop on Mathew Street from the end of July. A downloadable pdf version of the cataolgue text is available here. And list of all the items covered by the Beatles Auction Blog with lots numbers is available here.
All press enquiries should be made to Stephen at The Beatles Shop. The contact details are here. Items can be made available for photographing, but we need notice as they are not kept on the shop premises.

These contact details are also for any enquiries about items by bidders. Please see the FAQs and Buyers Notes.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Important - Changes to Buyers Information

Please note there has been a change in the details for buyers for this year's auction.

The buyer's premium is now 17% on top of the hammer price. This includes VAT.


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Lennon's Tie For Sale in 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction.

This black tie used to be tied around the neck of a Beatle, John Lennon to be precise.

It comes with a letter from the vendor explaining that John gave her the tie in the Cavern Club in 1962 after she had helped out while they were recording down there.

Items like this don't turn too often so we are thrilled to have it in our 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction.  It will be auctioned along with over 300 other lots on Saturday 24th August 2013 at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

The tie is estimated to reached £1750-£2500.

The auction catalogue should be available by the end of July. Details of how to download/obtain a copy will appear here as soon as it is ready.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Magical Mystery Memories

This complete set of Beatles autographs also includes several of the group's co-stars from Magical Mystery Tour film.
They were obtained at RAF West Malling and come with a letter detailing the events of the day.

Estimate £4750-£5000

The two photographs below are part of a lot of four images sold with negative/copyright. One features John's  psychedelic Rolls Royce and  the other features the Beatles filming I Am The Walrus. The photos were taken at West Malling. Not shown are a photo of the Mystery Tour bus and a general shot of the area.

The photos are being sold together in one lot and carry an estimate of £225-£275




The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction takes place on 24th August at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA in Liverpool. Over 300 lots will be up for auction. Catalogues will be available end of July/beginning of August – details of how to download/obtain a catalogue will appear on this blog site nearer the time.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

From The Site Of A Historical Meeting!

This is a sign from St Peter's Church in Woolton, the place where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met in 1957. The sign is from a later date and is being sold on behalf of the church to raise funds.

Estimate £100-£150

Also from St. Peter's Church, this wooden block is from the floor of the Church Hall and dates back to the fifties so it is from where and when that fateful meeting took place. Again it is being sold to raise funds for the Church and gives a lucky buyer the opportunity to own a small piece of Beatles history. 

Estimate £50-£75

Both items will be accompanied by a letter from St Peter's Church. 


The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction takes place on 24th August at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA in Liverpool. Over 300 lots will be up for auction. Catalogues will be available end of July/beginning of August – details of how to download/obtain a catalogue will appear on this blog site nearer the time.

Signed Beatles Single

Complete set of Beatles autographs on a copy of the Please Please Me single. George is on the A-Side, the rest have signed the B-Side. The autographs are fading, particularly the George.


Estimate - £3000-£4000



The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction takes place on 24th August at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA in Liverpool. Over 300 lots will be up for auction. Catalogues will be available end of July/beginning of August – details of how to download/obtain a catalogue will appear on this blog site nearer the time.

Monday, 24 June 2013

From John

This handwritten letter from John Lennon dates from early 1970 and includes a face drawing.


Estimate £3000-£3500



The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction takes place on 24th August at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at LIPA in Liverpool. Over 300 lots will be up for auction. Catalogues will be available end of July/beginning of August – details of how to download/obtain a catalogue will appear on this blog site nearer the time.



Just A Reminder

Just a reminder that the 2013 Auction is now full. We simply have no room for any more lots.

We think this year's event is one of our best ever as it is full of great items covering novelties, autographs, rarities and much more. Hopefully there is something for everyone amongst all the goodies.

The catalogue will be available as a download as soon as it is completed, this is usually around the end of July / beginning of August, with the print version available shortly afterwards, Details of how to get a copy will appear here as soon as it is ready.

All questions about lots should be sent to auction@thebeatleshop.co.uk and we will try to be as quick as possible in replying (please remember the auction takes place during one of our busiest periods so sometimes replies may not be immediate) All our contact details are available on our contacts page.

We will start to take absentee bids as soon as the catalogue is completed and published online. Details for placing absentee bids will appear here nearer the time. We can not take bids until the catalogue is completed as you will need to know the lot numbers for items you wish to bid on and they are not available before publication.

The viewing day for the auction is Friday 23rd August. It will be at the same venue as the sale - The Paul McCartney Auditorium at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. The viewing day runs from around 11am to 4.30pm. Please note, there is no time for any viewings on the morning of the sale.

The action itself begins at 10.30am Saturday 24th August at the Paul McCartney Auditorium, LIPA. Entry is free.

All details about how to register to bid on the day and payment details will appear here when the auction catalogue is available.



Thursday, 20 June 2013

Dear Paul...

This is an original file copy of a letter sent to Paul McCartney from Alf Goeghegan, thee owner of the Cavern Club , in 1969.

It contains details of the club's involvement in events for the Golden Jubilee year of the Save The Children Fund.

The letter is on Cavern Club headed paper and runs for two pages.



Estimate £175-£200

From Norm

This handwritten letter from Norman Rossington is being sold together with an invitation to the Save The Children Fund event mentioned in the correspondence.

Norman appeared in A Hard Day's Night with the Beatles in 1964. The TV show referred to in the letter is Curry & Chips which starred Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes.



Estimate £60-£70

Cavern Re-Opening Letters

The following letters were sent to the Cavern Club in response to invitations to the Grand Reopening of the club in 1966.

They are all up for sale in our auction in August and all carry an estimate of £30-£40 each.

Simon Dee

Leslie Grade

John Moores

David Jacobs