Earliest colour Beatles footage to sell at Nate D. Sanders



2015-09-23 09:25:26

An upcoming Nate D. Sanders sale is set to offer film footage from the early days of the Beatles, alongside photographs from the last days of John Lennon's life.

First up is a three-and-a-half minute film believed to be the earliest-known colour footage of the band. The 8mm footage was shot by skiffle performer Chas McDevitt at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool, England on August 25, 1963.

Having recently celebrated their first #1 single, The Beatles were engaged in an extensive tour of Britain, playing six times in Blackpool between July and September that year. McDevitt was one of the performers on the bill of the show, and captured the band both on stage and back-stage.

The montage footage shows the Fab Four reading their fan mail and chatting to fans, as well as George Harrison tuning his guitar, and John Lennon combing his hair, then playing with the glasses  of Hank Marvin, lead guitarist of The Shadows who also performed on the tour.

The 8mm footage is offered along with copyright and a letter from McDevitt himself, and is expected to sell for upwards of $14,000.
The second major lot dates from 17 years later, and just two days before John Lennon was tragically murdered by Mark Chapman on the steps of his New York home.

On December 6, 1980, Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted an interview with the BBC at the Hit Factory, the famous New York studio where he had recorded his latest album Double Fantasy. The interview with DJ Andy Peebles became known as the 'Last Lennon Tapes', and was captured on camera in a series of candid shots.

These shots included nine images of Lennon and Ono, which are amongst the final photographs of the couple ever taken. Now these photographs, complete with the original negatives and the copyright on the images, will be offered with starting bids of $14,000.

Both lots will be sold as part of the Nate D. Sanders sale on September 24.


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