Lot 4002: Beatles with Pete Best 1962 Signatures
17th August 2017
Vintage set of ballpoint signatures, "Lots of love, Pete Best, xxx," "Love from, John Lennon, xx," and "Love from, Paul McCartney, xxx," on a light green 4.5 x 3 autograph book page, and a ballpoint signature, "George Harrison, xxx," on an off-white 5 x 3.25 card. In overall fine condition, with signs of professional cleaning around Harrison's signature. Accompanied by two letters of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo; one of these, in part: "All four signatures date from 1962, and each is an excellent representative example from the period, thus making this a nice full set of Beatles autographs from the year 1962." After the breakup of his former band The Black Jacks, Best was recruited by McCartney to join the Beatles on their upcoming Hamburg residency in mid-August 1960. They returned to German clubs with frequency over the next two years, a period punctuated by the death of Stuart Sutcliffe, the hiring of manager Brian Epstein, and the band's signing to EMI Parlophone. Shortly after the band's first Abbey Road recording session on June 6, 1962, Best was ousted from the group and replaced later that summer with Ringo Starr. An exceptionally crisp cast of an early Beatles lineup.
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