Lot 788: Fantastic vintage 1968 fountain pen signatures, "John Lennon," "Paul McCartney," and "George Harrison," on an off-white 5.25 x 3.75 album page, and a felt tip signature, "Love, Ringo Starr," on a second album page. Central vertical and horizontal folds and light soiling to the page with three signatures, scattered soiling to the Ringo page, and show-through from an unrelated signature on the reverse of the Ringo page, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks and a letter of provenance from the original recipient, in part: "My Mother's employer was preparing to depart for India with the Brighton Transcendental Meditation Centre to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Centre. My Mother mentioned that I was still lamenting that I hadn't managed to obtain a whole set of signatures and her employer offered to take my autograph book with her just in case she was more successful. She managed to return with the 4 autographs." The Beatles began practicing transcendental meditation in 1967 as they became interested in Eastern spirituality and methods of 'expanding their consciousness.' They became associated with the Maharishi and traveled to his ashram in Rishikesh in February 1968, where they found creative inspiration and wrote prolifically over the course of seven weeks-eighteen songs written during their time there appeared on the White Album. Amid allegations of sexual impropriety, questionable business negotiations, and conflict over drug use, the Beatles returned to England and publicly severed their relationship with the Maharishi. Full sets of Beatles signatures from this late period are quite scarce given their isolation from the public and rising tension between bandmates.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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