Lot 7006: Beatles Set of Four Signed Documents

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2015-07-07 11:06:56

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Lot 7006: Remarkable collection of four stock transfer documents, signed individually in black ballpoint, "John Lennon," "Paul McCartney," "George Harrison," and "R. Starkey," each one page, 8 x 13, all stamp-dated July 30, 1969. The documents are related to the acquisition of the late Brian Epstein's famous NEMS management company (then renamed Nemperor Holdings) by Triumph Investment, with each member of the Beatles transferring 2,450 of their own shares in Nemperor to the brokerage house Whyte, Brecher & Gasc Limited. All of the documents are filled out in type with each band member's home address, bear Triumph Investment ink stamps in the lower right, as well as embossed tax seals in the margins. Additionally includes two similar stock transfer documents, one signed by Brian Epstein's younger brother Clive Epstein, stamp-dated April 1, 1969, and one signed by their mother Queenie Epstein, stamp-dated February 19, 1969. In overall fine condition. Accompanied by three letters of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in part: "Beatles signatures on anything from the year 1969 are extremely rare and desirable. These relate directly to complicated business affairs that were happening just as the band was about to break up."After Brian Epstein passed away in 1967, his family inherited NEMS and rolled it into a larger company called Nemperor Holdings. As the business manager, Clive Epstein refused a purchase offer from Triumph Investments, believing the Beatles had the true right to the company. Arranging the finances for a such a buyout became a seemingly endless ordeal—the Beatles hoped to get a loan from EMI against their royalties—and Clive finally sold out to Triumph. Related to this complicated acquisition process, the present stock transfer documents were signed while the Beatles were in EMI Studios putting the finishing touches on their final album, Abbey Road. On the very same day, July 30, 1969, John recorded lead guitar overdubs on 'Come Together' and the band completed their first full mix-down on the famous Abbey Road medley. A superior, rarely seen full set of significant Beatles documents from this late period. RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457 Thursday, 23rd July 2015 Estimate: $25000-30000
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