Lot 2006: Beatles and British Invasion Autograph Album

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2015-10-29 11:49:15

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Lot 2006: Vintage blue and black ballpoint signatures, "Beatles, Ringo Starr xxx," "Paul McCartney xxx," "John Lennon xxx," and "George Harrison xxx," on a light blue 4.5 x 4 album page, with a small collector's notation to top edge. Professionally detached page is accompanied by its original hardcover 4.75 x 4 autograph album, containing over 50 additional signatures representing a who's who of British pop music. Other signers in the album, some of which are on slips and cards affixed to the album's pages, include: Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts (each signing on October 12, 1963, during their first tour when they were the opening act for the Everly Brothers and Little Richard); Little Richard; Roy Orbison; Cliff Richard; Gordon Mills of the Viscounts; Tommy Quickly; Billy Fury; Tommy Roe; Wayne Fontana; Julie Grant; Louise Cordet; Dave Clark; Peter Noone (signing as "Herman"); Matt Monroe; Helen Shapiro; Freddie Garrity; Chris Sandford; Jimmy Justice; Phil Everly; The Chants; and a then 17-year-old Johnny Baldwin, who would later be better recognized as Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In fine condition, with some old tape along left edge of Beatles' page as well as some mild tape toning over portion of Lennon's signature. Remainder of signatures are very good to fine, with some detached slips and pages, with front cover dislodged from album. The band's signatures were obtained on December 10, 1963, by Mrs. Val Barnett, a cashier at the Gaumont Theatre, who had access to the musicians and assembled this entire autograph album. Accompanied by photocopies of newspaper articles and four photographs (picturing Mrs. Barnett) and an article of the Beatles' visit to the Gaumont, including a photo of the band signing autograph books above the article. An amazing time capsule from the booming British invasion. Such complete albums from this time period seldom appear for sale and are extremely rare. RR Auction's RR Auction: Entertainment & Pop Culture Thursday, 12th November 2015 Estimate: $8000-10000
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