The 2016 Liverpool Beatles Auction is rapidly approaching and we are looking forward to holding the event in our new home at The Unity Theatre off Hope Place this year.
Add to that the fact we have some truly amazing lots this year and our 25th event is really shaping up to be our best ever. Let's face it, it's not every year that you stumble across a Beatles demo recording that no one has heard for over a half a century. The It's For You acetate has been getting a lot of attention from people all over the world and we can't wait to see where it ends up. You can read all about this sensational find by clicking here.
The acetate is, of course, our star lot but that doesn't mean the other items are any less interesting. A particular favourite is the collection of documents pertaining to Ringo's sickness benefits in the days when he worked as a fitter in Liverpool. They give a fascinating insight into his working life before drumming became his main profession. Click here for more details.
Staying with Ringo, how about a chance to own a jacket worn by the man himself? The jacket was worn during filming for the excellent Anthology documentary. Now that's pretty special! Info here.
One of our favourite items is a brilliant brightly coloured fake fur sleeveless jacket purchased from the Apple Boutique in the late 60s. The life span of that particular project was short so there was only a small window of opportunity for things to come from there. The jacket was designed by The Fool, a collective that also designed the flamboyant mural that briefly adorned the exterior wall of the boutique on Baker Street, London. Images and details here.
For those interested in all things Cavern, there are plenty of goodies going under the hammer related to the club, including documents, business cards, original souvenirs and even a gargoyle shaped light fitting from towards the end of the club's lifespan. Click here for all the previous posts about Cavern Club items in this year's event.
As ever there are a number of autographs in the auction, the best example being a lovely set on the reverse of an early Parlophone Records promotional card. Details here.
If you prefer something a little more arty from your Beatles then there is an A4 sized sheet of doodles produced by Paul McCartney while he was at the Liverpool Institute as a boy. Image and info here.
These examples are merely scratching the surface of this year's event. There are over three hundred lots up for auction with items to suit everyone's taste and pocket. The 2016 Auction catalogue is available to download by clicking this link and following the instructions. Printed catalogues are available for collection from the Beatles Shop on Mathew Street. The viewing day is Friday 26th August at The Unity Theatre. Details and a map can by found here. The auction itself starts at 10.30am Saturday 27th August at the same venue.
A full list of lots covered by this site is available here.