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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