Beatles Memorabilia Museum
The Beatles Memorabilia Museum houses a large collection of memorabilia related to British band, The Beatles. It is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Beatles were an English rock and pop band active between 1960 and 1970. Formed in Liverpool, UK, from 1962 the band consisted of its most famous members: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles are regularly cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed popular music act of all time.
Their popularity remained constant throughout and beyond their career, but was particularly acute during the early 1960s, a phenomenon dubbed ‘Beatlemania’.
The museum collection
The museum opened on 3rd January 2011, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is owned and run by 53-year-old accountant, Rodolfo Vasquez. Vasquez, described by UK newspaper the Daily Mail as “an obsessive fan”, began his collection at the age of 10 after receiving a copy of the band’s Rubber Soul album.
Although the Beatles never played in Argentina, Vasquez’s collection has “put his country on the Beatlemania map”, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2001 it was recognised as the world’s largest collection, containing 5,612 items. It now contains over 8,500 items, a quarter of which are housed in the museum.
Items in the collection range from record covers, autographs, toys, original pictures, concert programs, cups and plates, and many more.
Notable items include a brick from The Cavern Club (which was demolished in 1983), a cheque for £11 signed by Starr, a box of condoms branded with the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and an adjustable Beatles wig.
Vasquez’s most prized objects include 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of miniature albums that allude to the 16 Beatles records and four music boxes with figures of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.
Also included are certified copies of the band’s birth certificates, a chunk of the Hamburg Star Club stage (where the group worked as the house band), a pair of drumsticks signed by original drummer Pete Best, and a piece of the Strawberry Fields Salvation Army Orphanage floor, whose name inspired the 1967 song.
Nearly 2,000 people have visited since the museum opened. Vasquez stated, “the idea is to show my collection permanently … in a year I would like to rotate the items on display with others from my collection.”
Vazquez claims not to know the total value of his private collection.