Lot 808: Rare and early ALS signed "Lots of love from George Harrison, XXXXXX," one page, 7 x 5.5, no date [but circa 1962]. Letter to Carol, written from Hamburg, Germany, in full: "Many thanks for the letter and 'lovely' photographs of us at the Majestic. You were right… I hadn't seen them before and I usually see them all! If you can send along the others sometime we'd love to see them. By the way, John says hello and thanks for his photo and card. Maybe next time you'll send him his hat!! [Just kidding!]. Sorry for such a short letter Carol. It's late here, we've been playing quite a bit and we're all very tired. I promise to write again soon. Hope to see you when we get back home." After signing, Harrison adds a postscript which reads, "Paul and Ringo say hello too!" In fine condition, with central horizontal and vertical folds, one through a single letter of signature, and a bit of trivial toning to right edge.
Harrison's mention of the "lovely" Majestic photographs indicates that this letter was penned during one of the final two jaunts to Hamburg by the road-weary band in late 1962. The first of 17 bookings for the group at the Majestic Ballroom in Liverpool commenced on June 28, 1962, with four additional appearances by year's end. Enjoying the success of their first Parlophone Records single, 'Love Me Do' (released on October 5th), the band begrudgingly left their country and fan base to honor a contract that called for a total of 91 hours on the Star Club stage during a pair of two-week stints in November and December. After their last appearance on New Year's Eve 1962, The Beatles would not return to Germany until June 1966 during their final concert tour.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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